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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 2009, 3:46 pm Thread Starter
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Increased Rear Visibility with Givi Topcase

As a follow up to my earlier post regarding the Givi E52 Maxia topcase installation, I can now report that I have completed the installation of a rear light kit to improve visibility to following homicidal drivers.

I installed a kit from Admore Lighting (link: http://www.admorelighting.com/index....php&subpage=11)

The kit takes some work, but I can report it all goes in as advertised and IT WORKS great even with the Canbus. With this kit you get running lights, stop/brake lights and turn signals. I was particularly glad to add this as the installation of the topcase does somewhat 'shroud' the rear taillight. I was worried someone might crash into the back of me by accident. If someone hits me now its because they were trying to.

I have already covered how to install the case itself, the bracketry works fine with the BMW rear rack.

The kit from Admore Lighting took me about two hours to install. First I installed two strips of LEDS in the space behind the red reflectors, and then I installed a cable to bring power to the topcase, which requires drilling an 11/16 hole in the case and plugging it with a provided adapter. The wiring to the bike requires a 12v switched input for the running lights (which I sourced from a Centech AP1- previously installed. Then you will have to tap into the brake light wire, and the left and right turn signal wires, and a ground. All four of these can be found easily in wrapped nicely in tape at the rear of the bike, under the passenger seat just in front of the taillight assembly. Peel back the tape and screw on the included PosiTaps. Tywrap the whole thing down and dpower on and it works. Pics below. More info in request.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2009, 12:29 am
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Nice job! That certainly does make you more visible... Wish the stock BMW hard case came with lights...

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Admore lighting does make a generic LED kit that could be attached to the back of the BMW case, and there are other makers of LED light kits for this purpose. I strongly recommend adding some light up high as I think the license plate level is too low to grab drivers attention. A light up high that brightens with brake application is the way to go for maximum visibility, in my opinion.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2009, 12:50 pm
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Looks like a space ship now. That is why I don't ever put an big round box on the back of my bike. It messed up the look of K series totally.

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Who the hell cares what it looks like from the back? You can't see that when riding . . .

Great job there, Larry. Anything that increases visibility is a good thing.

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Each to his own. Fact is when I look at this bike from afar I cannot decide if I love it or hate it. It's too fat for a sportbike, too skinny for a touring barge....It looks like a pregnant streetbike to me. While I am not crazy about putting a topcase on any bike I find the storage so much more useable than side cases.I can drop in my computer bag, an extra jacket or helmet. My sidecases now get to hold semi-permanent combinations of tools, tire pump and repair kit, rain gear and cold weather gear and a few pairs of gloves for changing conditions. 52 liters of space, priceless.

If I cared about looks I'd have bought a Harley. When I was a kid I dreamed of having a bike with lots of lights, hurtling through the dark like a.....spaceship.....go figure.

For those interested in not becoming a hood ornament on the vehicle following too close the lights look just fine.

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No offense.I definitely do care about the look of my bike. Also I found that people who rides or buy the K1200GT or K1300GT mostly older or retired people. Again no spaceship look for me. Even if you pay me to put that in my bike. It is a beautiful and sexy sports touring bike. Can't stop looking at it and riding it.

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Anyone who has done serious sport touring will tell you the side cases alone just won't cut it. If your on the road a week or two you need the space to pack clothes. How the bike looks becomes secondary for me when I'm on the road. Most often I just have the side cases on the bike, but at least once each summer I pack up the bike, clothing, tent, chair, sleeping bag, air mattress. I don't know anyway to do it without a topcase of some type. For me the solution was the BMW 51 Litre sport bag.
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Good choice on BMW 51 Litre sport bag. Not too big or ugly like Givi E52 Maxia topcase.

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Yeah, I had the BMW bag on my now departed K12GT, but that was before the price went through the roof. The $500 I saved on the Givi buys a LOT of: Gas, gear, beer...etc....and it has REAR TAILLIGHTS!

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