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    LED Tail/Brake Light Bulb

    Has anyone here tried replacing their standard tail/brake light with an LED "bulb"? I can buy an 1157 replacement that has multiple LEDs in it however I'm fearful that I'll get the dreaded "light out" notification on my dashboard.

    Thoughts? Experiences? Advice?

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    Some have installed the K1300S LED taillight on the K1200S.
    Here's how Jerry did it.

    http://www.pirateslair.net/newsletterJuly09.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Some have installed the K1300S LED taillight on the K1200S.
    Yes, I toyed with that idea...until I saw the price of the tail light. I'm hoping to get away with a replacement bulb for less than 15 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Yes, I toyed with that idea...until I saw the price of the tail light. )
    Did your eyes roll back in your head
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Did your eyes roll back in your head
    Like a slot machine.

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    '08K12GT LEDs

    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Has anyone here tried replacing their standard tail/brake light with an LED "bulb"? I can buy an 1157 replacement that has multiple LEDs in it however I'm fearful that I'll get the dreaded "light out" notification on my dashboard.

    Thoughts? Experiences? Advice?
    There are two tail light bulbs on my '08 and they are 1156s. Single filament. As are the rear turn bulbs.

    I just ordered these for my '08. I'll let you know about the dash lights.Should be here in the next few days.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-Bright-...72.m2749.l2649
    Also if you need a 1157, here's one that I have in some other bikes. It also is a stop strobe. Hey they're cheep enough to experiment with.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1157-LED-St...72.m2749.l2649

    I just installed amber 1156s LEDs in the rear turn signals and have no warning lights or hyperflash. And they are BRIGHT! I'm going to leave the front turns stock for now.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4pcs-Amber-...72.m2749.l2649

    Even with the HyperLites and the LEDs, someone will say they didn't see me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danl View Post

    Even with the HyperLites and the LEDs, someone will say they didn't see me!
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    The number one reason cited by drivers who run into fire trucks running lights and siren is "I didn't see it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    The number one reason cited by drivers who run into fire trucks running lights and siren is "I didn't see it."
    That happened in the city I lived in, only better yet.....

    At an intersection a firetruck plowed into an ambulance, both headed to the same call, both had lights on and sirens blaring. Apparently there was some confusion about who had the right of way. Neither made the call. The ambulance rolled over and the firetruck had relatively minor damage. Pretty sure there were a couple meetings held after that!

    And you guys think brighter tail lights will save your butt!

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    '08 K12GT Tail lights

    ]There are two tail light bulbs on my '08 and they are 1156s. Single filament. As are the rear turn bulbs.

    I just ordered these for my '08. I'll let you know about the dash lights.Should be here in the next few days.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-Bright-...72.m2749.l2649

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    Well, they arrived and when I did the install, the bike did not like them. Would not even light them up. Bench tested and found good. Reinstalled stock light, all good. Put LEDs back in and nothing. So back to stock filament types. And with too many things to work on, this will just have to be.
    Just an old guy here. Killin' bugs at a extreme velocities since '68. Desert dweller.
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