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    Spot/riding light brackets
    on: November 09, 2021, 11:32:53 am
    November 09, 2021, 11:32:53 am
    Hi all,
    Thinking of fitting some Spot/riding lights to my Gen 1 as I have a mate who has done so and it really improves the visibility of his bike to other road users.
    He fitted genuine BM stuff but as I'm a tight bugger - I don't want to spend £300 +
    There are plenty of after market lights out there but virtually no brackets for the XR to fit to the body work.
    I tried to order some china ones but they never appeared !!!
    Does any one know of any brackets please ?

    As always, many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #1 on: November 09, 2021, 12:18:02 pm
    November 09, 2021, 12:18:02 pm
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    Hey, I just went down this path last week, with the second XR we added to our stable (a loaded 2016 with 6k miles)

    First we added SW Motech engine guards on the XR, and followed with very nice (yet inexpensive) high quality driving lights from Matt at Gecko LED lights. I think the lights were $98 cost and they feel solid just like the OEM driving lights on my 2018 1200 GS Adventure.

    https://mattgeckoleds.com/


    Brackets -

     Matt has the special brackets available to tuck those lights inside the SW MOTECH guards. Since Matt has a 2019 XR, he’s an XR farkle wizard frankly.

    Experience-

    My wife rides an F700GS, and we’ve been running the same driving light on her GS along with a sexy new LED headlamp ($255 iirc) for over one year. Super bright lights, clean looking and a very nice amount of illumination at night. On her GS we didn’t require any brackets …

    I’ll figure out how to post images and will post here …



    LED Headlamps -

    on my #2 we also installed ->new LED headlamps and new LED turn signals.

    The bike is still at Matt’s shop in San Jose, CA since he’s a trustworthy and talented guy and I keep asking him to add more farkles to get the bike ready to ride Baja and mainland Mexico.

    Hope this helps :)





    Scott


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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #2 on: November 09, 2021, 12:32:29 pm
    November 09, 2021, 12:32:29 pm
    I used hose clamps to attach cheap Amazon LED's to my T Rex frame sliders. Been on a while, rock steady.

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #4 on: November 14, 2021, 05:34:24 pm
    November 14, 2021, 05:34:24 pm
    Thanks for the replies

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #5 on: November 15, 2021, 08:35:47 pm
    November 15, 2021, 08:35:47 pm
    I went with Cymarc light duty ones and D2’s, I’m happy with them.
    Last Edit: November 15, 2021, 08:41:37 pm by Magicrat52

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #6 on: November 16, 2021, 10:36:38 am
    November 16, 2021, 10:36:38 am
    FWIW - When I had a Gen1 I fitted a couple of Denali D2 spots using the bodywork fixings above the front indicators.

    I had to ream out the screw holes a couple of mil and use the Denali bracket nut/bolt, but the little D2s were rock solid and the fixing received compliments from my local BMW dealership!

    I got the idea from a British contributor on here a couple of years ago (cant remember his name!). No other mounting brackets were needed!

    Andy

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #7 on: November 16, 2021, 02:43:26 pm
    November 16, 2021, 02:43:26 pm
    I'd be careful using bodywork bolts as they are not very strong. Almost all of them are just threading into metal u nuts holding onto plastic clips.

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #8 on: November 16, 2021, 05:39:10 pm
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    Antares - I used a stainless steel Torx nut and bolt with nylon washers - I didn't use the BMW bodywork fittings, merely the fixing hole.

    The bodywork fixing location may not be strong enough for many of the heavier spots, but the dual intensity D2s were small, light and sufficiently bright.

    I had no issues with this fitting on both of my Gen1s between 2015 and 20210  :028:

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    Re: Spot/riding light brackets
    Reply #9 on: November 16, 2021, 05:46:56 pm
    November 16, 2021, 05:46:56 pm
    *Originally Posted by Andy W [+]
    Antares - I used a stainless steel Torx nut and bolt with nylon washers - I didn't use the BMW bodywork fittings, merely the fixing hole.

    The bodywork fixing location may not be strong enough for many of the heavier spots, but the dual intensity D2s were small, light and sufficiently bright.

    I had no issues with this fitting on both of my Gen1s between 2015 and 20210  :028:

    I thought you meant you just attached it onto one of the exposed bodywork bolts.

     



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