R1200GSW Lighting

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by deacon51, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. deacon51

    deacon51 Been here awhile

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    Okay, this time of year I'm doing a lot of night riding. I have got to get some type of auxiliary lighting to light up the preferential of the road. I like the looks of the stock system, and would like to replicate that. I need a mount bar lights and switches. I think I want a two stage light that will brighten when I hit the hi-beam.

    Any suggestions for a good solution?
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  2. IB1

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    Maybe some idea's here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=238150
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  3. deacon51

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    Not, it doesn't. I don't have upper crash bars, so I need a mounting system. Ton of info in the Farkles for the GS-W: Put 'em all in here thread, but lights are mixed in with tank bags and radiator guards. I had hoped to get a thread just on aux lighting for the 2013+ GSW.
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  4. oz97tj

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    If you are going to buy new lights, buy LEDs. Of a boatload ive used, I really like my current set up with is the Cyclops / VisionX long range in 10 degree. They are awesome.

    As for mounts, there are a couple under beak style mounts. I actually purchased a mount from Twisted Throttle and then never used it that I would sell you if you are interested.
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  5. Jarvis

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    I use the Hornig light bar in combination with the Clearwater Darlas. They also have an option for the BMW light bar.
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    deacon51 Been here awhile

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    I may be, I have that light bar in my cart now, but I'm worried that it protrudes too far for me. The pics on the web site don't show it very well.

    I can't seem to find a link.
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    I never actually mounted the bar, but I did hold it up under the beak. It doesn't look like it would stick out any further than required by the lights. I suppose if you hung the lights from the bottom, you could get away with it being narrower but I suppose it's all personal preference.

    Its a real simple mount overall. I would have used it, but my wife bought me some upper crash bars for my birthday right after I purchased the light bracket so I used the crash bars instead.
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  8. deacon51

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    Yes, I would like to replicate the look of the OEM light bar, with the light underslung and tucked a little. I may just go with the OEM Bar and lights, although I hate to pay a such premium when there are better lights for less money.
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    I had a problem with the BMW lights since they are only on in combination with the night lighting. So I ordered the Clearwater Darla lights and they will be mounted on the BMW lighting bar. In Europe they are about the same price as the BMW lights, but they should be rather good.
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  10. deacon51

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    Thank you for the reply.

    That's a good point, here in the States it's against the law to have the Day Time running light, so we run the headlight all the time. I wounder how (if) that effects the operation of the U.S. aux lights. My goal is to provide lighting to the side when the bike is leaned in a turn, I'm not after distance, or day time viability. How would you rate the factory Aux lights in this regard?

    How are you going to mount to the factory light bar? To me it looks like it would be incompatible with most other lights.
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    deacon51 Been here awhile

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    I wonder if I could fork mount 2 inch lights higher on the fork tube where the lights are a little under the beak and skip the light bar.
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    I looked at this and decided it was almost impossible to do because of interference with the radiator cover bodywork.
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    In the purchase Clearwater also sends you a compatible lighting bar. So it should fit perfectly.
    In European law there is a vacuum for DRL on motorcycles. So technically it is illegal over here to. Germany is busy (or allready has) adapting the law.
    But in practice it's no problem. Since the DRL actuallly improve the visibility of the bike compared to others. The police doesn't create any problems with the DRL.
    But this time a year my bike refuses to go to the day setting. It always stays in the night setting since it isn't bright enough outside. Grey days with lots of clouds and rain and morning and evening commutes in the (half)dark.
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    Aluminum angle or bar stock mounted to the frame under your beak - cut it to the length that you want for side extension / measurements - then, mount some Rigid brand LEDs to it and take your wife / girlfriend / partner out to dinner ... still have money left to have several more dinners.

    An alternative is to buy any of the upper CBars and mount the lights to them; it might save you %$#& frustration and money in the long run.
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    I thought of this, but couldn't find a way to mount the bar. DS Bike protection also has a light bar that I thought I could take my saws-all to, but by the time I buy it, cut it, power coat it, install it... just too much cost and effort.



    ClearWater lights offered me a small discount, so I think I am going to just go with Darla mounted to the forks. (And maybe the factory lights and bar too.)
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    I'm looking for fork tube mounts for spotlights. Does anyone now the diameter of the tubes in MM? I found one site that seemed to indicate 37mm but not sure..
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