As the nights draw in, BMW’S mid-size GS is lack­ing in the lights depart­ment

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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. tourat­ It could be worth a look for year-round rid­ing sat­is­fac­tion.

‘Even the el­e­vated seat­ing po­si­tion doesn’t help’

800GS’S full beam just doesn’t reach far enough to keep the gloom at bay

Tourat­ech fog lights could help mat­ters

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