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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-Dec-2016, 08:08 AM (589)
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Yes my '16 GSA can be programmed but currently one has to find the European program version and if one takes his or her bike back to a US dealer it will be overwritten...
This is correct, like the BMW LED turn signals that came out it took a couple of years before BMW allowed U.S dealers to to program the BMS-X for them, I imagine the same is going to be the case with the dynamic brake light if we're lucky. But I look for it to come in a dealer installed retrofit package with VIN enabled coding for $$$.

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Thanks for all the replies. I will look into these options.

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BackOff! Brake light modulator

I've not messed with the electronics on this new bike - but would something like this work? I had it on my Hayabusa and I like it.

I find I use a lot of engine braking on a motorcycle, I would prefer something that would activate the brake light based on inertial changes - so the cars behind me noticed I was slowing even if I wasn't braking. Is there anything out there like that? I've seen the Vololight - but that's just a license plate frame - not sure how good it would be, and the website says BMW's CANBUS system isn't compatible with the modular system - maybe it still is with the license plate frame version?
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Thanks again for the replies. I just took my bike in for the 600mile inspection. They told me they have seen a lot of problems with DIY light flashing options and the electrical system. The problems seem to arise from improper installation. They didn't elaborate on "problems" but they said there were several different ways they could be hooked up and some interfere with the bike's electrical system. Sorry I can't be more specific but my lack of knowledge about these products and the electrical system of my bike doesn't allow for a very good explanation.

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I recently installed the Clearwater Billy junior break light and I love it. It is very easy to install and you you can't customize it using the wiz wheel. I like that it has an inertial breaking mode that activates when you downshift.
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I had planned on having my tail light reprogrammed when I ship my bike to Germany this summer but if it will be over written when I get back, there goes that plan. Guess I'll grab another Hyperlites 'cuz I'm a cheap old geezer.

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I had planned on having my tail light reprogrammed when I ship my bike to Germany this summer but if it will be over written when I get back, there goes that plan. Guess I'll grab another Hyperlites 'cuz I'm a cheap old geezer.
Is this another reason to do your own service, as much as possible?

(not toward you, Slowriding, but in general, and for information...)

Just curious, why would what be "overwritten?" Does simply looking for fault codes do that, or? Would simply connnecting to a GS911 in the USA "overwrite?" That's all that's done on any service-looking for fault codes, unless I'm wrong? I suppose there could be firmware upgrades--but that would be a recall and specified and reason for, I'd think.

Maybe the service people in Germany can tell you what is "overwritten" to produce the Dynamic Brake Light? or the hazard of the US dealer deleting the overwrite? or is this reason all BS?

You see this argument a lot, ie that the US will overwrite, but if you trace it back, it lands on a post where a rider was told that by a "dealer." And then it gets repeated over and over, but is it actually true and has there actually been anyone who can personally attest that they had the DBL, but now they don't after a service in the US?

US riders who have paid for a 2016 or 2017 should not have to pay again for an after market device that essentially does the same thing. Right?

So, Slowriding, I am an even CHEAPER old geezer than you! And likely older, too.
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If I can get it turned on while in Europe, perhaps just telling my dealer that I have had that done and don't change it will be enough. I assume the worst might be a fix it ticket when I return to the USA and I'm good with that.

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