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Old 06-26-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Baja Designs Squadron Lights

Is anyone running the Squadron lights from Baja Designs? They look impressive and they have a BMW 1200GS mounting kit available.

http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDe...mNumber=497033

I just got off the phone with Trent one of their tech guys. He sent me this picture of the lights on a 1200GS. I'd probably have to cobble up the mount somehow to get it to work on my 1200-Adventure. Baja Designs also offers a crash bar mount kit for the 1200's that would work right out of the box on my bike but it would put the light lower.

I was down in Baja in May watching the Mexican 1000. Baja Designs lights have an excellent rep with the race crowd. That speaks volumes of cred in my world when it comes to durability.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Very very bright. I like mine a lot. Dimmer recommended.

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Old 06-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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Very very bright. I like mine a lot. Dimmer recommended.

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Dimmer? Why? Brighter at night is always best.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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These lights are so BRIGHT that without a dimmer you can not run them on the road if their is any traffic around.....I was getting flashed at sunset with mine on in Baja. They are sick bright, I couldnt out run the light at night and was running 100+
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:55 PM   #5
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Also, mount them off your crash bar. The location pictured doesn't give you triangulation, and will wash out your turn signals. Lower, and with a dimmer, will make them much more effective.

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Old 06-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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I don't have these, what I do have is the ADVMonster lights (M64's) mounted on the crash bars. -IF and when- the lights I have now go belly up; The next set I'll get is going to be the Squandrons. They are smaller and should be brighter. That's a plus - plus for me. And I'll go with the spots again.

Because mine are spots (for those fuzzy bastards), the aiming is right at an oncoming drivers level at about 250' out. Even at a 10% output at night - I get flashed.

Running them at 10% in the daytime is just for being noticed. That works. At night people seem to be a little more sensitive about LED's that are spots and aimed directly at them. That's being polite. I'm glad they don't carry a rope. Still experimenting with the aiming part.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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Also, mount them off your crash bar. The location pictured doesn't give you triangulation, and will wash out your turn signals. Lower, and with a dimmer, will make them much more effective.

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I'm not in the market for DRL's. I'm looking for something that will melt Bambi's eyes. I don't run accessory lights in traffic. Ultra bright night ride lights are what I'm after.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:07 PM   #8
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I have them mounted above the stock adv aux lights.
They are amazingly bright and I love having them on the street (dimmed) and full power when nobody is around.
They truly turn night into day and have a mixed pattern (2 spot/2 flood) available which is what I got.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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Trent at Baja Designs sent me a few more images of the Squadron's mounted on a R1200GS. After looking at these photos I don't think the mounting kit that mounts the lights above the turn signal will work on the Adventure model. It looks like the chubby windscreen on the Adventure will have a space conflict with the light. The crash bar mounted kit looks to be the ticket for the R1200GS-Adventure.

http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDe...mNumber=497083





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I have them mounted above the stock adv aux lights.
They are amazingly bright and I love having them on the street (dimmed) and full power when nobody is around.
They truly turn night into day and have a mixed pattern (2 spot/2 flood) available which is what I got.
Do you have any pictures of the Squadrons mounted on the crash bar? If you do would you be willing to share them?
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Ok, Garage pics from a camera phone but should work.
If you need more detailed let me know and I'll take some tomorrow.





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Great pictures, thanks. It looks like the mounts that come with the kit work great. Do you think the lights are high enough above the stock dim-lights.

I'm impressed with the bug count. I think you need to ride in the rain more to wash some of em off.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:44 PM   #14
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ahh summertime :) not much rain in CA this year but it is my go-to rain bike

The brackets don't come with but they sell them for about $50. I think they are Hella. I did find them for a few bucks less elsewhere but this was easier. My bars are a bit tweaked and I put a strip of emery cloth under the clamps to hold them from rotating. 15k miles and haven't budged.

I think they give a great visual profile when on and haven't been cut off since installing them.

Got mine from Jaxon at WildCardCustoms <jaxon@wildcardcustoms.com>
He went out of his way to make sure I was happy with them and spent a lot of time explaining everything to me.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing the pics guys looks nice on the crash bars

Those mounts come in two different sizes and are now included in our standard Squadron adventure bike kit.
http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDe...mNumber=497083

let me know if you have any questions and don't forget adv members get 10% off

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