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27-Aug-2017 01:18 PM (762)
Clay My Clearwater lights where spectacular while riding through Joshua Tree National Park at 2 in the morning..?
27-Aug-2017 11:35 AM (691)
heartdoc +1 on the Clearwater Ericas. Excellent daytime runners at 20% intensity and full output at night turns night in to day.
25-Aug-2017 05:35 AM (441)
ExHarley Rider I have Ericas mounted under the beak and Darlas mounted low on the forks. The fork mounts give me some light on low speed turns in dark parking lots.
25-Aug-2017 05:13 AM (426)
bond
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I decided to go with a hybrid. One Erica and one Krysta.
25-Aug-2017 05:08 AM (422)
bond Son of a gun!! This is great work Homer.

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Hi Bond

Here is how I fixed my crappy light problem;

Installed some 30w Cree aux lights on the GSA.

I got 2 x spots and 2 x floods off ebay for $65. I am normally not a fan of cheaper stuff but most people who have bought these have been happy with them. I found the quality to be really good.
25-Aug-2017 04:55 AM (413)
GrayBeard They are pretty spendy but you won't find better lights than the Clearwaters. They come in several sizes and outputs and the larger ones like the Ericas or Sevinas will turn night time into day. They are adjustable too so that you can run them at an output that isn't objectionable to oncoming traffic and kick them into brighter levels when your high beam comes on, or adjustment on the fly with the controller they sell.
25-Aug-2017 04:50 AM (410)
justwant2ride it only took one night ride to learn that the stock lights are pretty much worthless and then there are the drivers pulling out in front of me from side streets, I solved all that with Clearwater darlas. put the yellow covers on in the daytime (these suckers re bright). at night it lights up the road about 1/4 mile or better and I'm personally not going to try to outrun those lights!
24-Aug-2017 04:39 PM (902)
bond
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You should check to see if your lights are properly aimed. It could be as simple as raising the beam. I do not know what kind of bulb you run, but some bulbs lose their punch over time. Replacing the bulbs may help.

Putting lights, or any other accessory, on a CanBus equipped bike like yours is a bit more complicated than a machine with traditional wiring. If you are unsure of your skill level then best to get a pro to help. I'm no expert on lighting, but I know there are multiple factors affecting the use of lights. Lumens are one, but lens design also has an impact. I have Clearwater lights on my FJR, but they are more for being seen than seeing; I run amber lenses on them. Clearwaters are very pricey, are good quality and if you call they will provide you what you need. I have Denali lights on a couple of other bikes. Also good quality and less expensive. I have Riggs on one of Spousal Unit's bikes; relatively crude.

Lastly, just how fast are you riding at night? 😏
I will do both - replace the bulb, and get it pointed properly.

I didn't intend to do this myself - there's a beemer dealership closeby, and they're pretty awesome folks.

It's wasn't speed as much as the constant worry about not seeing enough ahead. But I frequent two-lane rural highways with some wild life.. a few times when it finished raining, I couldn't see anything at all due to the reflection off the wet ground from my regular lights. The fog lights didn't help either. I have 20-20 vision - so that wasn't an issue either!
24-Aug-2017 04:35 PM (899)
Homer J Here are some more pics of the mounts and lights.
24-Aug-2017 04:34 PM (898)
Homer J
R1200GSA LED upgrade

Hi Bond

Here is how I fixed my crappy light problem;

Installed some 30w Cree aux lights on the GSA.

I got 2 x spots and 2 x floods off ebay for $65. I am normally not a fan of cheaper stuff but most people who have bought these have been happy with them. I found the quality to be really good.

To prevent the canbus from getting upset I Installed a fuse block under the seat where the tool bag goes using a relay from the battery triggered off the wire from the diagnostic port. This way it only comes on when the ignition is on and as it is directly run from the battery Canbus is non the wiser.

I installed a relay for the spots and a relay for the floods and each set has their own switch. I put them up on the bit of black trim that is attached to the very end of the beak under the cover of the windscreen so at least if I ever remove them I can just add a black 1/2" bung to fill the hole. Not real convenient to get to but most of the time they will be on with the high beam.

My electrical engineer son reckons he can configure the fog lights to come on with the low beam as well but dim so they can be used as daytime running lights then I could remove the factory ones.
Really happy with the finished product. Super clean white bright light.
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