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Old 10-18-2013, 08:00 AM   #10996
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Any idea why BMW says its headlight protector is for off road use only?
Lighting certification standards are very restrictive. This CYA phrase basically says, "this thing doesn't meet all the regs....". Same phrase is used for fueling mods, exhausts, etc. that aren't certified to meet regs.

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Old 10-18-2013, 08:14 AM   #10997
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Other than regulations, I wonder if this headlight cover can cause reflections back towards the driver or if it would distort the headlight beam, esp. if used at night?

They make a heavy clear film that can be attached to headlights. It is thick enough to protect against small rocks and shouldn't affect the headlight beam. I had a Cee Bailey headlight cover on my K1600 and it got very grimy between the cover and the headlight surface.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:43 AM   #10998
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[*]The height sensors then report where the bike is sitting in the real world. As examples in the single rider setting - a light rider at 50kg (resulting in the bike sitting high), a heavier rider at 125kg (resulting in the bike sitting low), and an obese rider at 200kg (resulting in the bike sitting very low). The bike needs to be stationary when changing the setting or the height sensors can't give an accurate and consistent reading (due to constant suspension motion while the bike is moving).
When the bike is stationary with the rider on, at least one foot touches the ground. Wouldn't that make the sag reading inaccurate for the sensors?
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:45 PM   #10999
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They make a heavy clear film that can be attached to headlights. It is thick enough to protect against small rocks and shouldn't affect the headlight beam.
One brand is called "X-Pel", I bought a 2 foot piece of it, I just haven't gotten around to putting it on.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #11000
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One brand is called "X-Pel", I bought a 2 foot piece of it, I just haven't gotten around to putting it on.
I think the X-pel stuff is actually a 3M product. I went looking for the 3M product and bought... something else. No matter. The hard part was cutting it to size and shape. Installation was pretty easy. If I don't point it out people will never know it's there. http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gsw/2...headlamp-film/

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:01 PM   #11001
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Back to ESA

Can someone tell me how to reset the default on my ESA. No matter which setting I was in before, upon restart it automatically defaults to "hard" which most of the time is wrong. I would like the default to be "normal" so that I can launch and go up or down depending on many other factors.

BTW, there's nothing on this in my under-the-seat owner's manual.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:45 AM   #11002
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Can someone tell me how to reset the default on my ESA. No matter which setting I was in before, upon restart it automatically defaults to "hard" which most of the time is wrong. I would like the default to be "normal" so that I can launch and go up or down depending on many other factors.

BTW, there's nothing on this in my under-the-seat owner's manual.
Hi;

ESA settings always return to default upon restarting the bike, In DYNA, for instance, the default is HARD.

However, if you install the plug that enables ENDURO PRO, not only will you enable this aditional mode. but also, whatever set up you make (SOFT, NORMAL OR HARD ) will be retained in the computer's memory and it will no longer reset to default anymore.

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Old 10-19-2013, 04:22 AM   #11003
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Other than regulations, I wonder if this headlight cover can cause reflections back towards the driver or if it would distort the headlight beam, esp. if used at night?

They make a heavy clear film that can be attached to headlights. It is thick enough to protect against small rocks and shouldn't affect the headlight beam. I had a Cee Bailey headlight cover on my K1600 and it got very grimy between the cover and the headlight surface.
I am using the BMW head light cover without any problems or additional reflections. I like the additional protection do the cost of the headlamp. I know that a broken headlight can be sent in to BMW for repair but I don't like the down time either.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:29 AM   #11004
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I am using the BMW head light cover without any problems or additional reflections. I like the additional protection do the cost of the headlamp. I know that a broken headlight can be sent in to BMW for repair but I don't like the down time either.
Very interesting. This is the first I've heard of this. How did you come to know this?
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:04 AM   #11005
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I am using the BMW head light cover without any problems or additional reflections. I like the additional protection do the cost of the headlamp. I know that a broken headlight can be sent in to BMW for repair but I don't like the down time either.
Hmm. A small locating tab on my LED headlight was broken off when I crashed (deer strike) on my bike. The result? Can't be fixed, new headlight module for $1236.00 from Germany plus 2-3 weeks to get the part. I'm talking about a piece of plastic no bigger than 1cm high, and about the width of 3 toothpicks.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #11006
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Fwiw

At 3478 miles:
Overall MPG:
per my calculation 43.112
per bikes computer 44
all fuel - premium
all fuel - with ethanol
Most miles per tank 217 (Fill on kickstand)
Mileage not as good as others seem to be getting and not as good as my previous RT’s but this bike is much more responsive than the RT and I am probably hot rodding more.


Oil consumption - None
No discernible change in oil level on sight glass since 600 mile service.

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:20 AM   #11007
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:41 AM   #11008
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At 3478 miles:
Overall MPG:
per my calculation 43.112
per bikes computer 44
That'll be interesting. I have my 2014 only for 200 miles so far and I'm averaging 49 mpg. Not taking it slow, but my riding style is to not brake hard and to not accelerate hard and to generally shift early.

We'll see how this works out over time, but I'm very happy with where it is right now, lower than my Tiger 800 when I just got it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #11009
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Can someone tell me how to reset the default on my ESA. No matter which setting I was in before, upon restart it automatically defaults to "hard" which most of the time is wrong. I would like the default to be "normal" so that I can launch and go up or down depending on many other factors.

BTW, there's nothing on this in my under-the-seat owner's manual.
You have your bike in DYNAMIC mode, so HARD is default on that (and a good reason too).
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #11010
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Do you have the Enduro Pro plug installed? When it's fitted all settings should remain the same as you have selected when the bike is shut off.
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