Thought I'd share... The following (probably edited down a bit) will be in my December Newsletter... Didn't want to wait to spread the word...
The factory BMW K1200S & K1200R tail light is an abomination to anyone with sight and quite possibly .. even the blind. It's been the #1 thorn in my side since I bought my K1200S causing many sleepless nights, occasional nausea, vomiting, and erectile dysfunction. What were the Germans thinking?? The factory piece looks like a baboon's ass after a gang rape.. or Mick Jaggerís tongue after a gang rape.. Many say.. "I've gotten used to it".. which is probably true. I've heard that convicts get used to violent prison sex after a while so I guess thatís plausible. When I saw the first picture of Wunderlich's Triton 2 LED Tail Light, I leapt for the phone to BMW Santa Cruz.. the lone importer of Wunderlich products and ordered one. WooHoo!!
After a long 7 freakiní month wait I received mine just this last weekend and immediately read through the simpleton instructions and went about the "plug-n-play install. The first thing you notice is that the wiring coming out of the back of the Triton 2 looks like a HYDRA.. the nine-headed water-serpent of Greek mythology with things coming out all over the place. In actuality there are 10 wires coming out of it PLUS a separate 1 foot long harness with a transistor built into it to make the unit compatible with the foofoo CanBus system that BMW unloaded on us. While it looks like something only Steven Hawking could install.. it's actually chimp..er.. baboon easy even with my cromagnon wiring skills. Took me about 1 hour to do the install and 40 minutes of that was just figuring out how to run and hide the wiring. I should mention.. Wunderlich, for whatever reason has 2 wires coming out of this thing that are meant for wiring to the bike for a license plate frame light... This kinda baffled me for 2 reasons.
1. The license plate already has itís own light and ..
2. Even if the Triton 2 has little LEDís underneath for this purpose... itís nowhere near the license plate frame... ??? I didnít hook up those 2 wires and everything is fine.. the stock factory plate frame light is still in place doing itís thankless job.
Once installed I was thrilled with the result. Visually it's 1000% better and believe me.. the pictures do NOT do it justice.. It blends well with the back of the K1200S and with it's TWO full banks of Red burning LEDs, appears brighter than stock unit when viewed from behind. By how much?? Iíll not guess. I wouldnít care if it was 50% less bright!!
There are only 3 caveats to the Triton 2 kit..The first would affect only Corbin Smuggler owners such as myself. The Corbin Smuggler was designed around the stock tail light and it's heinous shape. The Triton 2 is actually smaller than the stock tail light so when you have the Triton 2 installed with a Smuggler, you are left with about a 1" gap between the Smuggler and the new tail light. The good news is.. it's NOT that noticeable and doesn't look bad... The second issue is inherent in all LED's.. They are directional, meaning.. they are not as bright when viewed at angles. Lastly.. the Triton 2 has a lofty price of $270.. Ouch!!! Worth it?? Hell yes..!! How do you put a price on ridding yourself of reoccurring baboon ass dreams? Iíll sleep good tonight.
I got mine from BMW Santa Cruz... Theyíll be the ONLY vendor in the US selling them..