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    I like these Cyclops lights.

    http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...roducts&id=182

    Well made, good $ value, easy to install, great service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROYBARNES View Post
    You might take a look at Clearwater lites.
    I like the Clearwater lite's as they are much lighter than some others, and mounted on the forks, you want the least amount of weight.

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    I was most noticed by other drivers when I owned my RT-P with PIAAs mounted ABOVE the mirrors on the mounts that usually hold the police red and blue front lights. No one ever turned in front of me. That gave me the widest separation of the lighting triangle that you are supposed to try to obtain.

    I have ordered Denali lights for my present day civilian R1200RT. I am going to mount them on high on stalks using the unused mirror holes so they will be above the mirrors. I do understand that some states prohibit lights above the stock head light and some states have a 42, 44 or 48 inch height limit on lights but its worth the risk and really, who is going to bother an almost 60 yr old riding responsibly on a BMW for a non moving violation like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kthflieger View Post
    On the recommendation of my BMW shop, I checked out the Rigid Industries Dually D2 LED lights. Anything more than 4 LEDs per housing is exteme overkill. .............
    I got a set of these so others notice me, as I seldom ride at night, This spring I was riding with a few other bikes, one was the new R12GSH20 with the factory LED head light and optional LED driving lights, one was a R12ADV running last years BMW factory halogen aux lights, and one was running a set of Denali LED's.

    We mixed our order throughout our rides, but all said the Rigid D2 were the most noticeable in there mirrors, regardless if the order in line, but also said they were not too bright either, never had any oncoming traffic flash me, indicating they were too bright.

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    fwiw, I just ordered these http://www.visionxusa.com/LED-Solsti...240/index.html for my F8GS. Had a bunch of positive feedback on them at ADVrider. I will mount them inboard, on my engine guards (at least that's the plan).
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    digging up an old thread, but got a chance to take a pics of the wife's bike with and without the Rigid dually s. Again I was looking for OTHERS to see me, as I seldom ride at night. In real life the difference is staggering in the rear view mirror.

    High beam only vs High beam and Rigid's about 1/4 miles away (note bike is CLOSER with high beam only)

    final pic is at about 1/8 mile
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    adding auxillary lights to the 2016 F700GS- where to tie in relay wire

    I'm going to be hooking up a PIAA auxillary lights harness. I've done this before on other bikes, but I'm a little worried about the Can-bus system on this new bike. My question: can I simply tap into the hot wire going to the stock power socket for the white relay trigger coming from the harness? On past bikes, I've used the hot wire going to the headlight to trigger the relat, so when the headlight's on the PIAA's would be, too. Am I headed for trouble? Any help would be immensely appreciated!

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    No replies? Had me thinking Whip it Good when I saw the screen name

    The canbus is not a big issue.
    Do you want them on with high beams or just any time ignition on?

    I have tapped the relay trigger to the small running light in the headlight for a trigger for on with key.
    Tapped to hi beam lead to trigger with hi beam. I don't use that setup for daytime running lights as I have Motolights for conspicuity.

    The diagnostic plug has a switched lead that have used on many canbus bikes. Check with voltmeter, but green w/yellow stripe sounds right.

    The powerlet outlet is good, not sure on F-Twins, but on other models is a slight time delay for it to shut off after key is turned off. People will be telling you your lights are on as you walk away.
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    As others said, tying the trigger to the canbus is no problem. This is where I tied mine, to the GPS canbus connector under the tank cover. This connector is easy to get to, just on top of the battery. The only down side is, the lights will stay on for about a minute after the bike is shut off. This is due to the canbus time-out. Never gave me any concern though.

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    Cool Skeen LED front

    I have Skeen from LED running lights with the conspicuity flicker. They are for daytime use and were an easy install because they hardly pull any power so no Can Bus issues.

    http://www.skenedesign.com/lights/PB_Features.shtml

    I have the white ones without the turn signal option. They make a fender screw mount for easy installation. The problem with caliper mounted lights is your mechanic hates to deal with that stuff when he or she is doing a brake job for you. Plus I think they're pricey and draw lots of power because they're halogen. Could be an issue with CanBus system finding a tap in.
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    Cool GPS connector for camera power?

    Quote Originally Posted by toooldtocare View Post
    As others said, tying the trigger to the canbus is no problem. This is where I tied mine, to the GPS canbus connector under the tank cover. This connector is easy to get to, just on top of the battery. The only down side is, the lights will stay on for about a minute after the bike is shut off. This is due to the canbus time-out. Never gave me any concern though.

    Wayne
    Wayne this sounds like a great tap in for any USB accessory (camera, phone, GPS) that I was looking for since the ST doesn't have a accessory plug up near the dash of this bike. I only see the hot connection. Did you ground the - somewhere else then? Is that blue Positap small enough gauge for those tiny wires? I was going to use the red one (20-22 gauge) instead of that one (14-16 gauge)

    Thanks for a great photo too. Picture is worth 1,000 words!
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    Conspicuity lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    Suggestions please for some auxiliary lights for the F800ST? I am interested in being more visible to other drivers, not seeing further at night, if that makes a difference in your suggestions.
    SKENE DESIGN conspicuity lighting front and rear on my 2013 F800GT since 2014..... will soon install same on my '83 R100RS
    we need all the help we can muster to wake up the numb**** out there texting and yakking on their latest electronic toys....
    I was hit twice from behind (on a bike) before deciding to increase the visibility level. A noticable improvement ensued....
    Ron

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