As the nights draw in, BMW’S mid-size GS is lacking in the lights department
It’s reached that moderately depressing time of the year when night encroaches a lot sooner than it used to, meaning that it’s dark for both my morning and evening commutes. And, worst of all, this has highlighted that the headlamp on the GS could be better.
I first noticed that it wasn’t that good earlier on this year. I was riding near Dartmouth on some dark country lanes when I found the main beam next to useless. On investigation, I found that the headlamp assembly had worked itself loose and had moved out of alignment.
A trip to my local BMW dealer, Balderston of Peterborough, saw it realigned and tightened again. I thought this had sorted the problem, but it still wasn’t great, even in full working order. I hadn’t really had too much chance to notice it before now as I was often riding in the daytime or on well-lit roads.
The light seems to just not reach far enough to be comfortable for me on full beam and even the elevated seating position doesn’t help. It could just do with a little extra juice to help comfortably plan further ahead when riding at the national speed limit.
With that in mind, I’ve been looking at a High Intensity Discharge (HID) kit to boost the power of the GS’S beam. Otherwise known as Xenon systems, due to the gas used inside the bulb, they have a much higher output than conventional headlamps – roughly three times the brightness, so it’s reckoned, and also have a colour temperature which is more like daylight, helping to make riding at night that little bit easier.
Adventure specialists Touratech also do an HID fog light system for the F800GS which costs £486 (www. touratech.co.uk). It could be worth a look for year-round riding satisfaction.
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