Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > BMW Tech

BMW Tech BMW Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to BMW riders only. Questions comparing which bike is best etc go in the "Which Bike" forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

7 Litre Camel Tank Lets You Explore More, Click to Find out More!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 3 Oct 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 155
LED rear lights

I'd like to upgrade the poor/unreliable rear light to LED's, ie: brighter. I've tried an LED "bulb" but its just as bad, especially as it uses the same connection method. There's nothing much on "search", does anyone have any info? Perhaps it could even include replacing the stalk blinkers? Lots of junk on ebay!
Tim ('91 R100GSPD)

The only baggage you carry should be in the panniers
Reply With Quote
Old 3 Oct 2010
Seriesboy's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Brentford
Posts: 16
Hey, Junk being the operative word, with LED lights, 'you pays your money, you takes your chances'. LED Brake Light Replacement for Motorcycles - webBikeWorld
I like the old fashioned type myself.
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Oct 2010
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 107
Gizmo Mill Road Rocketeer

Greetings Tim

I have news for you but not much of it is good.

I bought an LED replacement for my tail light from Touratech several years ago that works very well but they no longer sell them. The company that built the unit was something called Gizmomill that now trades as Road Rocketeer they do have a tail light for a R100GS

Road Rocketeer -- Brake! for BMW

BUT you need to read through this entire thread on ADV before you get too exited

Gizmo Mill---->Road Rocketeer - ADVrider

From what I can see I don't think you will have much luck getting a tail light from them which is a pity as it does the job well.

In that ADV thread they do talk about another company called adventuretech but from their website they don't have a tail light for your model.

Have you checked out wunderlich, siebenrock? That's about all I can think of.

Good Luck
Always have plan B, and maybe plan C
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Oct 2010
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Norwich Ontario Canada
Posts: 30
LED rear lights

Tim;Here in Canada,I went to a heavy truck supplier and got an Led light and mount incorporating running light and brake light. Oval shaped and stands up to vibration very well.Been on my KLR for 5yrs.
Good luck Neil W
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Oct 2010
farqhuar's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Oztralia
Posts: 566
In my view replacing just the incandescent bulb will not work. You really need to replace the bulb, the reflector and the lens.

The incandescent setups in new vehicles work great because they are purpose built for incandescent bulbs with the correct reflector shape and bezels on the inside of the lens.
Garry from Oz - powered by Burgman
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Oct 2010
Redboots's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: On the border - NE FR
Posts: 841
Originally Posted by Tim Wood View Post
I'd like to upgrade the poor/unreliable rear light to LED's
There's a guy on UKGSER that makes them for the R100GS (and others).
£35 posted to uk, so a bit more to you.
I have one fitted to my GS and it works well.
His forum name is TECHNO.

Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Reply With Quote
Old 7 Oct 2010
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: England
Posts: 37
Try this

I wanted a brighter rear light for my 83 g/s, so I simply covered the reflector, as the silvering had deteriorated, with kitchen foil. Obviously with the shiny side facing the bulb.
Much improved light and probably better than a new unit.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Who knows about HID lights? Baron Bolton Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 14 27 Oct 2009 23:19
No lights fixnit Kawasaki 0 6 Sep 2008 18:13
Piaa Lights or T/T HID Lights?? Which ones should I buy? jv3 Equipment Reviews 7 9 Feb 2008 12:09
IPF Lights nickt 4WD Overland Tech 4 19 Jul 2003 00:32
lights on XR 389 Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear? 2 28 Dec 2000 10:09


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:56.