You're probably right about that since the mirrors will be the first to go. To be honest, to me fairing damage in a drop is secondary to seeing and being seen. From all I've read, the driving lights should be mounted as high as possible, and the lights used to be seen should be low. I've seen some under the oil cooler and that would be a safer place for the lights in a tip over.
J.R., 2012 RT
I have the clearwaters on my gsa and wired direct full on or off due to alleged wiring problems they work great
'12 R1200GSA for solo rides
'10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Tulliver
I mounted mine inside the Wunderlich engine bars. Some of the pics above show the lights as being vulnerable in even a minor drop. If you slide, the lights won't make it.
Degeneracy can be fun but it's hard to keep up as a serious lifetime occupation. R. M. Persig
Is that high enough for driving lights? I am looking at the new erica lights. 6k lumens on 10 amp pull for both lights. However $$$$.
Just an update to my original post. The folks at Clearwater, couldn't be better, beginning with Glenn (owner) everyone was very customer orientated. My lights arrived very well packed with detailed color instructions. The only hiccup was the wiring harness was universal, not the specific to my GS. A call to Lorette at Clearwater quickly corrected the mixup and 2 day freight (covered by Clearwater) I had the specific harness.
First, I have zero electrical skills! I recruited an ole Florida friend who was in Michigan, the two of were able to install, wire the lights using the Clearwater detailed instructions without incident. The lights look great and function perfectly, using the recommended installation whereas high beam activation lights up the Clearwater light and the horn function feature are a real safety feature.
I can honestly recommend CLEARWATER products.
J.R., 2012 RT
I have Glendas and Kristas on my RT. Pricey as heck. Worth every penny.
Rochester, NY USA
2001 F650GS Dakar
I have the Darla's and, since I work second shift and leave work at 12:30 am, I really need them. My 45 minute ride home through farm land and state game lands is full of danger and these lights light up everything from tree line to tree line.
I also got a letter from Clearwater with replacement O rings. They upgraded to a better material and just sent them to me.
Great service and wonderful products.
It's done. I've installed Clearwater's KRISTA's & DARLA's on my R1200GS (2012). The entire purchasing experience with Clearwater was top shelf. Glenn (owner of Clearwater & Lorett) were the very best I've experienced at customer service. They get it, and I strongly recommend anyone looking to add aftermarket lights call them, you WILL talk with the owner, and get sound advice and support.
Now to the installation component, understand my electrical prowess is somewhere between zero and none. So I recruited a friend to help with the wiring. Installing the mounting bar for the KRISTA's and mounting the DARLA's was a breeze. The instructions provided by Clearwater was spot on. The wiring harness specific to my GS clearly marked with "little white tags" that directed you where to make contacts made the wiring even for me, easy. You are provided everything you need from wire ties, to posi-taps. The instruction booklet was written for guys like me, easy to follow and understand, not to mention in color..........
So the long and short of it, if you are looking to add lighting, do yourself a favor and give GLENN @ Clearwater Lights a call. Don't be surprised if your experience is every-bit as good as mine.
The Motolights are almost indestructible and you can get LED MR16 bulbs if you want them...
Team those up with the HID 6500K Low Beams, and the 4000k high beam and I don't think anything can compete as far as being seen AND seeing at night.
In fact when I first installed the HID I had to turn off the High Beam on a ride home.. I REALLY didn't want to see ALL of those deer.
I wanted good driving lights to shine way down the road. Tried the led type and they were no good. Wound up with a perfect solution:
1. Replaced low beams with 6000k 35watt HIDs
2. Mounted Hella FF50s under the mirrors.
Great in the dark.
Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)
I use those on my GS, upper 10W flods,great for day running in traffic and 16W spots, great for night riding.
And here 10W with PIAA 1100X