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    Quote Originally Posted by chewbacca View Post
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    This isn't my bike, but from Twisted Throttle add.
    Everyone riding behind me says it's great.
    Running light, stop light and turn signal.
    Installed the Admore leds on my K1200GT. They work great, initial strobe on the brake lights, sequential turn signals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloride View Post
    Unfortunately the current led light will not work on the 2012 models.
    Must mean GS models, as the unit works fine on my 2012 R1200RT.
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    + 1 for the Skene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Must mean GS models, as the unit works fine on my 2012 R1200RT.
    I believe that's correct. I asked him specifically about the GS when he came back with that answer
    Anthony S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    i have the Skeen P3 on one bike, and the BMW aux light on another. The BMW light has always functioned flawlessly, the Skeen had one block of 4 LEDs go dead and has been problematic in that it periodically goes into constant flashing mode even without the brakes being applied. Skeen was of no help when I called them and I couldn't find paperwork on when the lights were purchased, which I found to be quite a bit different experience that what I had with HyperLites, who replaced without question a 2-yr-old unit that went dead.

    So I'm done with Skeen and will likely be pulling it off and installing the BMW aux light in it's place.
    YMMV, as always.

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    GTRider

    UPDATE: After posting the above I was contacted directly by Jerry Skene. It turns out that we had a cross-up in our communication where we were both waiting to hear from the other, so nothing was happening. Jerry explained that they were temporarily out of the controllers but would be sending me a new set of lights and a new controller as soon as they were restocked. I received the lights this last weekend (5/31) and will be mounting the new replacements this weekend. So, I take back everything I said above and apologize for the unwarranted grousing-- you can't call it anything but top-notch service when a vendor tracks down a customer and stands solidly behind their product! BTW, the new lights are reported to be a bit brighter than the old, and the controller beefed up as well so I will report back on that after this weekend's farkeling. So, a big Thank You to Skene Design!
    Now I'm thinking I need a set for my airhead....


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    GTRider
    Should have posted the above as a reply, instead of an edit--so I'm just bumping it here!

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    Installing the P3 lights on my wife's C650gt, had some problems, emailed back and forth with Jerry for a couple days, discussing problem. Two days later received a updated controller in the mail, solved the problem. Seems the scooter uses a different voltage system and previous controller would not work. Fantastic customer service
    PS since then have done another scooter with updated controller no issues at all, photon blasters on scooters are a 30 min install

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    P3's very nice:)

    My GSA1200 see's a fair amount of off road and rough, so the P3s were recently just not working in programmed mode. Lights worked only in running light. Done this twice after off road excursions, reprogrammed it in 15 seconds and works fine. I'm not sure, but seems rough conditions of off road has turned my P3s program off in recent months. Love em and the reprogram(in seconds) has worked when I find the situation mentioned. I've been thinking relocating the box, cushion it more. Randy

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    You can use both the P3 or Hyperlites with the BMW Aux light because they mount in different places. Got that combo on both an RT and K-GT.....(Plus reflective film and added reflctors on the back of the side cases and topcases.
    I use Photon Blaster and a pair of front mounted LEDs for conspicuity on both bikes.
    Can't have too much visibility...

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    96 R1100 RT w/ BMW Top Case

    Has anyone fitted LED Strips to a BMW topcase and wired into the tail light / brake light? Who did you use and was wiring pretty straight forward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadrider View Post
    Has anyone fitted LED Strips to a BMW topcase and wired into the tail light / brake light? Who did you use and was wiring pretty straight forward?
    I fitted LED lights to my givi case. I got a kit from Admore lighting. Works great. The wiring and LED strips came with the kit. If you could adapt something like that you might be in business.

    It was very easy to install and has a plug so I can remove the top case very quickly.
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    I also have the Skene Design P3 lights for both brake and turn signal; picked them up at the Salem rally and installed them. Couldn't be happier with any light. These are shockingly bright and the flicker pattern is very hard to miss if you are driving behind the bike. Very cool

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    I bought and installed the BMW aux LED brake light in September, 2012. I was please with it until a couple of months ago I noticed it acting funny on a ride. The tail light would stay on for 20 sec after the ignition was turned off and 4 LEDs were burned out. Then, last week, I noticed the brake lights wouldn't activate. I contacted BMW Motorcycles of Milwaukee, where I bought it, and found it was out of warranty by 2 months. I give credit to Jason, the service manager. He pitched my case to BMW and they are covering the light under warranty. I'll give it another shot. If I get another failure I'll go wit Skene.

    Joel

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    Skene is #1

    I've installed the BMW auxiliary brake light, several hyper lites (6 or more modules of various sizes amber & red) and 2 pairs of Skene. The BMW light was first to go. As has been described elsewhere, it looks pretty while it works, but its weatherproofing leaves much to be desired. It died first. Almost all of the Hyperlites have died... a few diodes still work here and there. One of the Skene lights has lost a few diodes, the other 3 modules still work as new. Skene replaced the one defective module at the 23rd month of the two year warranty period. If I had to do it again, I'd probably still by the Skene plus install something like a Whelen emergency vehicle LED "head" below the license plate.

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    The Whelens are a deal and seriously bright- but you need to do a little mounting adaptation.

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    Owned about 6 bikes in the past 10 years and installed several brands of lights. I did buy and install the BMW light, it was fine. (Expensive, no surprise there).

    Skene design, also good, and user settable blink pattern.

    Presently, I installed Signal Dynamics license plate frame with top and bottom LED strips. I like the look of the license plate frame and the fact it's double strips of light. The BMW light is just one light.
    Signal Dynamics has several options to buy, either chrome or black, and single or double LED strips, and with or without integrated turn signals.

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