How much better is the LED headlight on new GS?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by backroadbill, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. backroadbill

    backroadbill Been here awhile

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    I buying one (there's a wait) and thinking about the headlight option, is it worth it?
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  2. JSkinner

    JSkinner SeattleRider

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    The styling of the LED will set your bike apart from the rest. It is truly badass IMO. On the tech side I would say the lighting is good. The high beam really throws the light down the road and illuminates everything.
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  3. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    It's that or buy H-7's buy the bucket..:lol3
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  4. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    I bought one with a normal headlight because I didn't want to wait for a bike. I really wanted the LED, but riding was more important.

    I'm sure it's badass, but so is riding.

    As for the H7s by the bucket, well that's just a bit of a stretch. I do truly believe I will eventually drop a large chunk of cash to swap in the LED someday as I'm a tech nerd, but in the meantime I'd rather ride. Further, the difference between the Premium Plus and the Premium is only about 300 less than the cost of just buying the LED headlight parts. Sure you get TPMS too, but most complain about it. I could care less about having it. In my mind, the cost of the LEDs will likely come down a bit after they've been out for a while leaving the cost to upgrade later very likely about the same as buying a whole bike, and WAITING, for one now.
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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Ok..you got me..by the box..:lol3

    I get about....4-6 months from a bulb..just changed one yesterday..I never leave on a trip without two..

    I agree..not worth waiting for, especially if you have to get the damn TPS with them..
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  6. nickgoa

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    For me the LED was a must and the only reason I didn't ride off the lot of the dealer with their demo as I was present at their unboxing of it...

    I had to wait 3 months (still waiting) but for me it is totally justified.

    The LED light is what this model is going to be remembered by. Resale value will be higher.
    Those who have it have said its worth the extra expense and everyone praises the beam it throws.

    As a tech nerd myself the lack of it was a deal breaker.
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  7. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    On my oil cooler, I was getting about the same before swapping the HIDs, but I was never happy with those so I won't do that again.

    The thing that kills those bulbs is the constant dimming and brightening (is that a word?) the system does every time the bike idles or revs. The new bike does not do this at all. I do a bunch of night riding and I've never noticed the lights dim even a little. This more constant output should keep the bulb alive longer.
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  8. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    +1.

    get a full-led variant. for sure.

    Without that C-shaped daylight, it's not a proper LC :p
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  9. Perspicacious

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    I ride a lot at might on unlit country roads. The LED is the best motorcycle headlight I have used. Period.

    Just upgraded from a F800GS. Light on the F800 were average for a motorcycle, which is to say it was dreadful. Barely acceptable if the weather was fine but with a bit fog or rain, downright scary.

    The R1200 headlight (which I have ridden in fog and rain in the week I've owned it) is in quite unbelievable. The high beam is wonderful. Was going to get some Baja Designs Squadron LEDs but the standard BMW LED is so good I think I won't bother.
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  10. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Best lights on any bike I have ridden and most cars too.

    I love the beam pattern, kind of like a big ass rectangle right out front and the reach/range is excellent.

    I also love the completely white colour, turns night into day.
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  11. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

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    The LED light is great on the new GS. Oh and there is no wait in Vegas for one, so good time for a road trip!
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  12. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    Go for the LED.
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  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    +1. Have done quite a bit of night riding with a friend who's got one, extremely impressive.
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  14. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    800's headlight was not bad, imho. Until the reflective paint departed :p

    LC's led is imho not that wonderful, but especially on the high beam... it's pretty good.

    Not a xenon though.
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  15. coach03860

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    They had a few Demo GSW's outfitted with the new lights at Americade last week. I rode two of them (a red and a silver bike on 2 separate days) but of course it was in broad daylight so I have no idea what the lights are like at night. However they sure do look cool from the front even in the day light...if that matters. :thumb

    Was looking for that so much hyped difference between the new GSW and my 2012 GS...but never really found it aside from some new "Bells and Whistles" and it does shift somewhat smoother. In the end however, I am very happy to be sticking with my '12 GS with Wilbers set up specifically for my size/weight and the Madstad windshield as it sure handles a lot better than either of those stock ASA GSW's did. :clap Expecting to be flamed any minute now...Cheers coach :freaky
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  16. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    I won't flame you, but really man, that's not the only difference between the two motorcycles.
    That you WANT to see it this way, yes ok fine by me. :D
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  17. Cyotee01

    Cyotee01 GSnoob

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    I see a few videos where the LED running light (perimeter light) is flashing.
    Is that:
    1. programmable on the GSW
    2. effect of video taping an LED light
    3. Aftermarket plug in option somewhere
    4. European model... or any other ideas?

    I have a 2014 GSW & would like the added visibility.
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  18. Ravedigger

    Ravedigger Been here awhile

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    #2. The flash rate of the headlight doesn't line up with the framerate of the video.
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  19. LordSmoke

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    I avoid riding at night, so I have limited experience. I was out once and found the low beam pointed too far down to ride comfortably over, say, 30mph. However, I have since learned that from the factory they are aimed for a heavy load and switching to the normal position fixes this. Haven't tested.

    The high beam did thrw out some good light. My only concern, exacerbated by the downward low beam, was that the high doesn't cut off immediately - it fades out - quickly, but slowly enough I had to anticipate and switch sooner than I would have liked for oncoming traffic.

    I expect that with a properly aimed low beam this will be less bothersome for all.
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  20. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Only road by daylight that thing so can't comment but think about the resale value that it'll ad to your bike. Personnaly wouldn't buy one without
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