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    Quote Originally Posted by Motocamper View Post
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    We also have been looking conspicuous rear lighting. These look like they might be a little over the top but work. I was thinking of using velcro that way I could move them between the mud flap and the side cases of the RT. The 8" ones should fit. These Dual Color Plasma Mega Rods should get us noticed.
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    Low Intensity Red Running, High Intensity Red Brake, High Intensity Yellow Turn Signal - All in one Sleek Plasma Rod
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    Wiring is a Simple as Connecting Orange Wire to Running Light, Red Wire to Brake Light, Yellow Wire to Turn, Black to Ground


    Nothing said about affecting the can bus. The site is set up for the H-D riders.
    Tony
    They look awesome, but they won't work as intended on a CANbus bike. There is only one lead for the running and brake light as it is controlled via PWM (pulse width modulation)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZgman View Post
    They look awesome, but they won't work as intended on a CANbus bike. There is only one lead for the running and brake light as it is controlled via PWM (pulse width modulation)
    Actually - depends on the CANBUS bike. R1200R has two bulbs, one for running (and license plate) one for brake. If one fails the ZFE knows it and runs the other one at half-brightness as a running light and full brightness as a brake light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Actually - depends on the CANBUS bike. R1200R has two bulbs, one for running (and license plate) one for brake. If one fails the ZFE knows it and runs the other one at half-brightness as a running light and full brightness as a brake light.

    Well, I stand corrected then. One lead on my 2007 RT, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Actually - depends on the CANBUS bike. R1200R has two bulbs, one for running (and license plate) one for brake. If one fails the ZFE knows it and runs the other one at half-brightness as a running light and full brightness as a brake light.
    And even the R1200R is not consistent between model years. My 2012 has one bulb with dual filaments for the running and brake light, and a separate bulb with holder for the license plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Actually - depends on the CANBUS bike. R1200R has two bulbs, one for running (and license plate) one for brake. If one fails the ZFE knows it and runs the other one at half-brightness as a running light and full brightness as a brake light.
    But you have to be careful when you tap into one of the circuits, if there's a sufficient drop in voltage from the new lights, the system thinks one of the bulbs is out and runs the other at half brightness. Depends on the drain of the new lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    But you have to be careful when you tap into one of the circuits, if there's a sufficient drop in voltage from the new lights, the system thinks one of the bulbs is out and runs the other at half brightness. Depends on the drain of the new lights.
    Since most LED lights only consume fractions of an amp.. vs the filament bulb they're hooked in parallel with, that shouldn't really be a concern. More of a concern is the more elaborate ones having a controller for flashing them that isn't happy with 1/2 voltage if a filament burns out and the ZFE reduces the voltage by half to dim the remaining light (to function as a running light.) BTDT and the smoke came out. Took a while to figure out why..
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    Having owned several 60's English cars, plus one bike, I can tell you that it is hard to get the smoke back in once it gets out.

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    I put the Skene brake lights on my R1200R and connected them to the Canbus with no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyname View Post
    I put the Skene brake lights on my R1200R and connected them to the Canbus with no issues.
    Exactly my experience as well. They're wonderfully bright.
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    Replacement smoke is available for the English units; the hard part is getting it down the funnel...
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    Not to hijack this thread, but is this a good deal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    Replacement smoke is available for the English units; the hard part is getting it down the funnel...
    Ahh yes. Lucas, AKA The Prince of Darkness. Had an MGA fixed head and a TR3 in my youth and had lots of experience with the POD. Of course the 12VDC positive ground system on the MGA didn't help much.

    But back to the supplemental brake light... I'm pretty new to BMWs having bought my first, a 2012 R1200RT just last August. I found one of the lights and its harness at my local dealer and had to have it. Got it home and realized that there were Zero instructions in the box. Now, I'm not helpless but wasn't interested in tearing into my new bike blindly so after a few minutes here on the forum all was made clear and I installed it without mishap. There are a couple of good description threads, just read thru the entire thread before you tackle the install. Specifically, you don't need to drill any holes in the bodywork to get it hooked up. The support brake light is BRIGHT both as a running light and REALLY bright in brake mode. You won't be sorry buying the the BMW light.

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    +1 for the Hyper Lites

    Easy, quick install - no CANBUS issues.

    $114.95 to my door with their mounting bracket with all necessary parts for an "11 RT.

    Increased running lights, extra set of turn signals and flashing brake lights as long as the switch is actuated.

    GREATLY increases visibility!

    just $0.02 from an old fat guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motocamper View Post
    Greetings
    We also have been looking conspicuous rear lighting. These look like they might be a little over the top but work. I was thinking of using velcro that way I could move them between the mud flap and the side cases of the RT. The 8" ones should fit. These Dual Color Plasma Mega Rods should get us noticed.
    Attachment 38256
    Low Intensity Red Running, High Intensity Red Brake, High Intensity Yellow Turn Signal - All in one Sleek Plasma Rod
    Dual Converters Included, No Modules Required
    Wiring is a Simple as Connecting Orange Wire to Running Light, Red Wire to Brake Light, Yellow Wire to Turn, Black to Ground


    Nothing said about affecting the can bus. The site is set up for the H-D riders.
    Tony
    I had a set of those on my Road Glide and they worked very well. I don't know that they are as bright as some of the other L.E.D. options however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 188233 View Post
    ... after a few minutes here on the forum all was made clear and I installed it without mishap. There are a couple of good description threads, just read thru the entire thread before you tackle the install. Specifically, you don't need to drill any holes in the bodywork to get it hooked up. The support brake light is BRIGHT both as a running light and REALLY bright in brake mode. You won't be sorry buying the the BMW light.
    For example, http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...t-2011-R1200RT
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