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Old 02-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Is the BMW LED Canbus brake light worth the $?

I like easy so plug and play means a lot to me. Looking for a little more "hey I'm braking up here on I-95" and want an easy to install, but effective alert to the butt riding tools on I-95.

Is the BMW part work the extra coin compared to a Hyperlite or other application? I don't want Canbus issues or soldering work.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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Doesn't your '12 already have an LED tail/brake light? I thought those started as standard equipment in 2008.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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Doesn't your '12 already have an LED tail/brake light? I thought those started as standard equipment in 2008.
I want more visibility and and the "I'm braking flash feature" in the aftermarket systems.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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I want more visibility and and the "I'm braking flash feature" in the aftermarket systems.
The BMW LED tail lamp assembly is the same exact unit that you already have on your bike (assuming its a 2012 model) the kit is designed for the 4-07 models..
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #5
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The BMW LED tail lamp assembly is the same exact unit that you already have on your bike (assuming its a 2012 model) the kit is designed for the 4-07 models..
The catalog lists it as an additional tail lamp which fixes at the bottom of the the license plate frame. My current tail light (OEM) doesn't flash, is above the license plate and is smallish to say the least.

WTF?
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
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The catalog lists it as an additional tail lamp which fixes at the bottom of the the license plate frame. My current tail light (OEM) doesn't flash, is above the license plate and is smallish to say the least.

WTF?
You're talking about the "Supplemental Brake Light".
At $170 with the wire harness its pricey, but works great.
As for an additional "supplemental" brake light there are dozens of other options and you need not worry about the CANBUS as it's a load sensor withing the ZFE that triggers the LAMP Out error and that is already set to LED on 2008 and newer models.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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I like easy so plug and play means a lot to me. Looking for a little more "hey I'm braking up here on I-95" and want an easy to install, but effective alert to the butt riding tools on I-95.

Is the BMW part work the extra coin compared to a Hyperlite or other application? I don't want Canbus issues or soldering work.

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1. No. Not for my money.
2. Hyperlites 16 LED version will provide PLENTY of reward visibility without CANBUS issues or a trip to the BMW dealer to have a "software change to LED". Just get the Hyperlites and be done with it.
3. Soldering isn't rocket science....learn it...you'll have a new capability that can/will serve you well.

http://www.hyperlites.com/moddf.html
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #8
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1. No. Not for my money.
2. Hyperlites 16 LED version will provide PLENTY of reward visibility without CANBUS issues or a trip to the BMW dealer to have a "software change to LED". Just get the Hyperlites and be done with it.
3. Soldering isn't rocket science....learn it...you'll have a new capability that can/will serve you well.

http://www.hyperlites.com/moddf.html
I can solder, I just don't want to crack into the wiring if I don't need to do so. I was not aware of a trip to the BMW dealer because I added a BMW LED tailite.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #9
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I can solder, I just don't want to crack into the wiring if I don't need to do so. I was not aware of a trip to the BMW dealer because I added a BMW LED tailite.
The BMW light comes with ZERO for instructions.

I think you can find how to install one on the MOA website somewhere.

The BMW light is on always as a taillight and when you first hit the brake it flashes very quickly for maybe two flashes and then is constant and a little brighter than normal. It's almost as if it flickers. It's not a big show for sure.

No, the R1200RT has never had an LED taillight.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #10
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A more effective brake / running like would be the P3 lights, easy install, and much brighter than the bmw light:

www.skenedesign.com
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:57 AM   #11
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A more effective brake / running like would be the P3 lights, easy install, and much brighter than the bmw light:

www.skenedesign.com
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They're much brighter than the hyperlites and don't require soldering.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #12
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1. No. Not for my money.
2. Hyperlites 16 LED version will provide PLENTY of reward visibility without CANBUS issues or a trip to the BMW dealer to have a "software change to LED". Just get the Hyperlites and be done with it.
3. Soldering isn't rocket science....learn it...you'll have a new capability that can/will serve you well.

http://www.hyperlites.com/moddf.html
Thanks for this info, just ordered the 16's last night, make sure they send you your commission check...

I've had various HyperLight setups on my bikes for the last 10+ yrs., never had an issue with them. This will be the first CANBus install though.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:35 PM   #13
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I have the Skeen P3 LED's on the rear - highly visible during riding and braking. What appealed to me is the way they oscillate, they really grab your attention...

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Old 02-16-2013, 04:42 PM   #14
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http://www.twistedthrottle.com/admor...ls-smoke-10018
I have one of these. It works. No Can-Bus issues. It is very bright. 30 minute install.

If you want an omelet, you have to break some eggs. Using posi-taps to connect electrical bits is so easy a 6 year old could do it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:09 PM   #15
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If you want an omelet, you have to break some eggs.
Ain't that the truth. But the OP prizes convenience over money, so let him go.

Me, I'm an egg breaker. (and I am hoping that the OP looks around and sees that most GS owners are "egg breakers" and learns how to do it himself too)
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