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Offline RichS1000XR

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LED headlight upgrade
« on: November 01, 2015, 07:13:12 PM »
I'm still puzzled as to why BMW decided to fit candles to the XR, rather than LED headlights. They have the technology, as their other bikes have them, and even the Yamaha Tracer (that's £5k cheaper) has them.

Anyway, I want to upgrade to LED bulbs, so has anyone done the upgrade, if so, what bulbs did you get? I don't really want to go down the HID route, so would prefer a simple bulb swap to LED.

There are loads on eBay, but I'd rather get a recommendation from someone on here that's done the upgrade. So, what do you guys recommend?

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 05:14:10 PM »
Remember in the UK - if you switch bulbs they are supposed to be approved bulbs......'supposed to be'..... :https://www.s1000xr.uk/Smileys/light/745.gif

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2015, 07:22:13 AM »
*Originally Posted by norskman [+]
Remember in the UK - if you switch bulbs they are supposed to be approved bulbs......'supposed to be'..... :https://www.s1000xr.uk/Smileys/light/745.gif

Who cares what's "approved", I just want to see better at night! :008:

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2015, 07:00:35 PM »
So, nobody here has upgraded their headlights then? :027:

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2015, 07:30:12 PM »
Not per se - but have changed the bulbs - I put Philips Extreme Vision bulbs in.  Not LEDs tho.  But they are definitely better than standard.
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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2015, 09:33:03 PM »
*Originally Posted by bagwafu [+]
Not per se - but have changed the bulbs - I put Philips Extreme Vision bulbs in.  Not LEDs tho.  But they are definitely better than standard.

Now we're getting somewhere. :028:

I'd rather have LED bulbs, if that's a possibility? If anyone has fitted them, which ones were they?

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2015, 09:56:50 AM »
*Originally Posted by bagwafu [+]
Not per se - but have changed the bulbs - I put Philips Extreme Vision bulbs in.  Not LEDs tho.  But they are definitely better than standard.

Were they both standard H7's? Cheers.....how much of an improvement would you say over standard setup?
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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2015, 12:00:57 PM »
Hey Rich, here's a review from Revzilla and in the comments a fella says he's put LED bulbs in his XR, didn't expand on it but I thought of your thread...
http://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/2016-bmw-s1000xr-review

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2015, 05:41:29 PM »
*Originally Posted by discflight [+]
Hey Rich, here's a review from Revzilla and in the comments a fella says he's put LED bulbs in his XR, didn't expand on it but I thought of your thread...
http://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/2016-bmw-s1000xr-review

Just saw that, but annoyingly he didn't say which ones! I've ordered the Philips Extreme vision bulbs and some led bulbs for the parking lights off Amazon, so will report back here once I've fitted them.

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Re: LED headlight upgrade
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2015, 08:51:12 PM »
*Originally Posted by RobbiHK [+]
Were they both standard H7's? Cheers.....how much of an improvement would you say over standard setup?

Yes standard H7s and a lot better - clearly every night is different and background lighting changes so it's a bit subjective - but definitely better and I'm happy.
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