Clearwater Erica Install on a R1200GSW

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  1. IB1

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    Nice clean install. Your wirering looks way much cleaner than mine.

    Do you use a tankbag? My dimmer module touches my tankbag when on full lock.
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  2. RunninRanger

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    Great write up Ironklad!
    I love the adjustability. On low I haven't had anyone flash me for too bright a light. Yes, hitting the horn flashes the light.

    Great light at night. Now at least I can blind the deer in the ditch instead of in the middle of the road at night!!!
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  3. IB1

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    Even with the Darla's people start flashing their lights... So I can imagine what its bigger sisters do.
    And if people flash I just flash back. :evil
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  4. ironklad

    ironklad Been here awhile

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    I don't currently use a tank bag but have been thinking of picking one up... My bike also has its steering stop misaligned though BMW says a fix is still in the works. So this could be an issue, I'll try test fitting some friends tank bags and see if there is clearance. Thank you for the info.

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  5. mefly2

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    Maybe their flashing is trying to tell you something ... could lead to a chat and / or summons from a black and white / patrol car ...

    Not a good idea around here to flash back at someone who blips you for your lights.
    I know that I have in the past responded with red and blue lights to a flash from someone whose lights were offensive / blinding to oncoming traffic.

    I would suggest that displaying that attitude to a LEO would not be met with understanding.

    Ironklad - superb write up.
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  6. JimVonBaden

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    Properly adjusted you should not get flashed. :deal
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  7. marchyman

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    Because blinding them with glare just a little isn't enough? :huh
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  8. GP1200

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    Properly adjusted ? You mean brightness, right ? There's no way to adjust my Krista's angle except straight down into the ground to prevent the cages from flashing me at anything but full dim setting. I've looked at them myself at night and they will burn your retina's ;-)
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  9. JimVonBaden

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    I have Kristas on my GS and never get flashed. Yours must be defective.

    Of course you do not run them in traffic on full brightness. I run mine around 1/2.
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  10. IB1

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    They are properly adjusted. And since only one in a few thousand flash me they are good. I do sometimes turn them up so they would see me. Those blind motorists.
    Over here 20% of cars and trucks have poorly adjusted lights.
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    Mine must be defective? Actually yours must be defective as I will get flashed at 1/2 power 100% of the time at night with the angle properly adjusted. You should get that checked out.
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    That sounds about right knowing what my Darla's put out. If I put mine at more than 50% during the day I get flashed. (mine are only slihtly downwards). At night I put them on 25%.
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  13. JimVonBaden

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    Not defective, and properly adjusted, and at 1/3 power (in traffic you should not have them higher) I never get flashed at night! :deal

    If you are getting flashed 100% of the time, you have an issue, or are just being a dick not turning them down! :dunno
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  14. GP1200

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    No,no,no!!! Impossible JVB insists . Yours and mine must be defective! Lol

    Anyways, I think inmates have heard enough of this conversation. The OP started the thread on Erica's , which can literally light up an airfield at night.
    Overkill IMO, but whatever turns your crank.
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  15. JimVonBaden

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    Your call, blinding oncoming traffic is not my idea of safe riding! :dunno
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  16. mudmonster

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    Nice clean install,I have been wanting a set for a while but there pricey,Spose the old saying is true....you get what you pay for !
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  17. Zoul

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    Nice and clean install. I will model mine after what you have done when the time comes.

    I find it amazing that these lights are so bright that they need to be adjusted.

    I'm looking forward to how this will look at night.
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  18. OzOldrider

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    Do the US bikes have the day time led in the head light activated all the time?? just have issues wiring up some Leds using wiring and controllers from the US?
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  19. smitty141

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    How's the volt meter read with them on full power rolling down the road? One thing I liked about "old engine" was the big alternator. My Erica's will be here on Monday. I will install them on my 2014 GSA-W. Wonder about taxing the electrical system running the lights and heated gear.

    Smitty
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  20. ironklad

    ironklad Been here awhile

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    I recorded some readings when idling in my driveway, with the engine running the onboard voltmeter moves around about 0.5v quickly jumping up and down within the range so I documented the lowest and highest number I saw on the screen over a 30 second range. So far I haven't run into any electrical issues with my setup, but I haven't done much riding with everything on high yet either.

    Engine off: 12.2v
    Engine running, Erica's off: 14.0v > 14.4v
    Engine running, Erica's low: 14.0v > 14.4v
    Engine running, Erica's high: 13.9v > 14.4v
    Engine running, Erica's high beam: 13.8v > 14.3v
    Engine running, Erica's high beam, grip heaters on high: 13.8v > 14.3v
    Engine running, Erica's high beam, grip heaters on high, warm and safe gen WP heated jacket on high: 13.6v > 14.1v
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