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Old 02-13-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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2014 r1200gslc headlight question

I am not clear on just how my headlight is suposed to work. The dealer has been less than helpfull. How do you get the low beam to be on while riding during the day? I now have just the LED horseshoe on. I have noticed that the low beam comes on when it's dark out but is there a way to have it on during day time rides?
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:21 PM   #2
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Assuming you have a US spec bike, your "horseshoe" and your low beam are on all the time.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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According to pages 54-55 of the manual, you simply press the DRL button on the left handgrip:

http://www.bmw-motorrad.de/de/de/ser...R1200GS_01.pdf
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
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Yes it is US spec. and no low beam on unless it is dark out. Also no button on left side? Now what?
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:50 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if it works while riding, but when the engine is off and the key switch is on, if you press the Flash to Pass (High-Beam) switch, the headlight comes on and stays on. Maybe try that?

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Old 02-13-2014, 04:09 PM   #6
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Thanks... I will try that when I get home. The owners manual is telling me to press buttons that I don't have and is very hard to follow at times. I am pretty handy with this kind of stuff but it seems to me that the low beam should be on during day time riding and it is not. Just the "horseshoe" is on? Also no indicator on in the IPC either? I did buy the bike "fully loaded" with OE, however no acessories.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:28 PM   #7
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Thanks... I will try that when I get home. The owners manual is telling me to press buttons that I don't have and is very hard to follow at times. I am pretty handy with this kind of stuff but it seems to me that the low beam should be on during day time riding and it is not. Just the "horseshoe" is on? Also no indicator on in the IPC either? I did buy the bike "fully loaded" with OE, however no acessories.
I just re-read my response above and realise I sound like a dick. I'm sure you've read the manual, and obviously you have a bike to play with and I don't. Yet. How about the bit in the manual where it talks about default light settings through the on-board computer?
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:45 PM   #8
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When you turn the key on, the horseshoe only lights. After you start the engine, the low beam or high beam come on, depending on the position of the headlight switch. The bike does this to preserve power for the starter. Then when the engine is running, the low/high beam comes on. I think.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:03 PM   #9
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No low or high beam with the engine runing unless you turn on the high beam. I think raider may be right? Could be in the computer settings?
Just want my low beam on while I am driving. How do I do that???
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:29 PM   #10
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I thought I read somewhere that - if equipped with LED headlight - it had an ambient light sensor? Nothing in the manual about this. Find it and tape over it?

EDIT: found it. Page 18 in the manual.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:27 PM   #11
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Yeah, ambient light sensor senses and computer controls the lighting (horseshoe only vs. low beam and horseshoe) IIRC.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:29 PM   #12
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Yeah, ambient light sensor senses and computer controls the lighting (horseshoe only vs. low beam and horseshoe) IIRC.

Yep, but it says (bear in mind I have a manual but no bike) that this is the sensor for "automatic mode". On page 56 (or thereabouts) it tells you how to disable automatic mode using the setup menu.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:13 AM   #13
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In the US, this is what the low beam looks like all the time, no matter what the ambient light, after the bike is running (hopefully google link works):

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/i...zRZZpmi70plI5Q

Activating the high beam does not turn off the low beam, it simply turns on the two bulbs located side by side in the middle of the horseshoe on the left side of the bike.

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:51 AM   #14
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Thanks for the link. It did work fine however my bike only has horseshoe, no lights on the left side. That is exactly what I want! also left side grip has no button? How do I upload a picture from my pc to this message?
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
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Yup, just read the manual. The USA spec bike, the low beam comes on after the engine starts and stays on day or night. My bike (2014 with LED head light) follows this pattern. I saw no option to change this in the owners book or the bike menu. I wonder if like many automobiles both in the USA and Europe the European BMW bikes use the ring (halo) of LED's for the daytime running light with no low beam.
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