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LED Auxiliary headlights

Does anyone know of a way to get them to come on automatically all the time. I know that they make me easier to see and sometimes I forget to turn them on. If this can be done, like my Moto lights were set up, I might be able to use the switch for something else.

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Does anyone know of a way to get them to come on automatically all the time. I know that they make me easier to see and sometimes I forget to turn them on. If this can be done, like my Moto lights were set up, I might be able to use the switch for something else.
I'm with you Dan... I have ALMOST gotten use to turning them on every time, But it would be great if they came on when you start the bike.

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Find the LED light wires....find the low beam wires....splice the LED lights into the low beam wires, and your there!

At least that is how I would do it. Good Luck.
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Thanks Phil,

That sound like it will work. I'll let your plan simmer for a while and see what others think before I start to locate and splice wires.

This is my first experience with a canibus system.

I think my Moto lights were set up so that they stayed the way they were switched after the power was cycled. I don't think that they were wired to the low beam. I'm probably leaning more toward a switch.

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Thanks Phil,

That sound like it will work. I'll let your plan simmer for a while and see what others think before I start to locate and splice wires.

This is my first experience with a canibus system.

I think my Moto lights were set up so that they stayed the way they were switched after the power was cycled. I don't think that they were wired to the low beam. I'm probably leaning more toward a switch.
Well, if weird schitt starts happening because of the extra load on the low beam circuit, you could always try a relay.

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I'm with you Dan... I have ALMOST gotten use to turning them on every time, But it would be great if they came on when you start the bike.
I've trained myself to look for the little green icon on the screen that tells me if they're on or not. I'm getting better about automatically turning them on, but when I notice the icon isn't lit it always reminds me.

I can't imagine why they can't be set to stay on (like they did on my Harleys or almost any other bike model out there).

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If they can program the windscreen to fully retract on system shutdown and then return to the previous position on system start-up, BMW can certainly update the bike's OS to remember the last state of these lights (on/off). Just a little code...

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Re: LED Auxiliary headlights

Anyone around here write code?

What would be nice would be to be able to either rearrange the different screens that you have to toggle through or make up your own with just what you want on the screen.

I have to go through two screens on the heated seat and the heated hand grips on every rotation and really only need them maybe 1-2 months out of the year. A lot of the information is not needed more than once per ride yet you have to scroll through it.

All we need is someone who understands the code!

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Dan, I'd bet money that doing 'that' would void your warranty. But I'm not a lawyer either.

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I suspect that we will see some software upgrades soon to take care of the I-Pod problem and other problems. As far as the LED Lights they work the same way as the fog lights on my X3. I guess I was spoiled when I had a rolling couch (Lexus).


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Anyone around here write code?

What would be nice would be to be able to either rearrange the different screens that you have to toggle through or make up your own with just what you want on the screen.

I have to go through two screens on the heated seat and the heated hand grips on every rotation and really only need them maybe 1-2 months out of the year. A lot of the information is not needed more than once per ride yet you have to scroll through it.

All we need is someone who understands the code!
Here too is what I remember!
And as I stated I had limited time with the bike and don't own one. But I found scrolling through entire menus to get to something you want to use was tedious. And while we are on lights I am curious and have not read anyone comments on the moving head light (as seen in the video). I could not see the effect in the day time but that is one feature that I like and wish was on the LT.
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Anyone around here write code?

What would be nice would be to be able to either rearrange the different screens that you have to toggle through or make up your own with just what you want on the screen.

I have to go through two screens on the heated seat and the heated hand grips on every rotation and really only need them maybe 1-2 months out of the year. A lot of the information is not needed more than once per ride yet you have to scroll through it.

All we need is someone who understands the code!
I've found that I quickly learned the number of taps on the menu button to get to where I want to be. I don't even look at the screen until I'm there. 3 for GPS, 6 for audio, etc. To work well, though, you need to remember to put the screen back to home (left controller click) when you're done each time.
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I've found that I quickly learned the number of taps on the menu button to get to where I want to be. I don't even look at the screen until I'm there. 3 for GPS, 6 for audio, etc. To work well, though, you need to remember to put the screen back to home (left controller click) when you're done each time.
Yes, I too am learning how to be more efficient with the screen (s) and like a lot of the really nice features of the bike, it just takes a while to really know how to use them correctly and efficiently. Not every tip is highlighted in the manual and I'm gradually learning about the quick ways to get from point A to point C, to point E etc., or to where I want to be. There is a lot to learn and I have to be careful to not be learning while riding.

Now to the radio which I have been ignoring, wow! And I thought the K1200LT was complicated. They are similar but different. I haven't even has the satellite radio turned on yet. Haven't figured out the FM features yet.

Seems like every time I get on the bike I have another question and then it's back to one of the 5 manuals or this forum!

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You could you a normaly closed relay to keep the LED lights on and then just push the button to turn them off.


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