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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2016, 4:29 pm Thread Starter
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Best brake light bulb replacement

Now that the Pirates Lair LED brake light kit is long obsolete for the K1200RS/GT what is my best bet to replace the next to worthless BMW dim-bulb? Want to be sure any LED bulb recommendation will work with my cruise control and not throw a "Red Triangle of Death" warning on my dash. Doing a bit of research, I see XenonDepot is a sponsor here. They list two LED style replacement bulbs that will fit the bike. The PUTCO 360 degree LED bulb, and a Phillips P21 LED. The PUTCO looks like the way to go, but would hate to order it only to fine out it causes the ABS circuit board to throw a fault. Has anyone here used them?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 2016, 1:42 pm
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You might consider installing P3 Lights instead of changing the bulb. They are very bright supplemental tail/flashing brake lights and won't cause a problem with your ABS.

They're also on sale over the black Friday weekend.

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A quick thought about front safety lights. There are "you can see this" lights and lights that send you to an ophthalmologist for retinal repair. Not everyone can afford the latter. Be nice.

Back lights... bright and briefly flickering is good. See above re: retinal repairs.

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jskene1: Thanks for the Skene Design link. Just what I was looking for. Ordered a P3 kit for the K bike. Far too many other riders have told me my bike's tail light is too dim. This should be a nice improvement.
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Thanks for the note, Rollingbrick.

I don't know why BMW makes such dim tail/brake lights. The light on my '98 K12'RS is barely visible, which is why I developed the P3's.

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What annoys me even more is the darn light is set up so that it's much too easy to cover up.

I found an LED lamp replacement that cycles: blink - blink - blink - blink - blinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblinkblink - full on. It seems to work well enough that I haven't been nailed from behind. Yet. But then, maybe it can't be seen.

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Just an update: Got my P3 led lights installed on the K1200. Easy to do, with clear wiring instructions. My install was even easier, since I already had an FZ-1 Fuseblock under the seat, and just wired the lights to it and the brake light. Only took about 45 minutes. The LED's are a big improvement over the weak stock tail-light set up, and no problem with the Servo brake controller throwing a false "triangle of death" warning light. Highly recommended.
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