One of the first things I noticed about my BMW 650 Dakar was how dim the taillight was. The little incandescent bulb is not very bright and if the plastic light cover is even just a little bit dirty (as it always seems to be) the light is even more unnoticeable. And that’s the one thing you don’t want to be while riding a motorcycle on busy city streets, unnoticeable.
So, one of the first things I bought for my bike was the Brake! LED taillight from Touratech online. This is an awesome little addition to any BMW 650 or 1200 motorcycle. Instead of a single incandescent bulb letting people know you are coming to a stop, the LED lights are like 10x brighter. This thing is bright, but not so much so that it is annoying. The other cool thing is it’s extremely easy to install. The only thing you have to do is remove the two screws holding the red taillight case in place, remove the light bulb and plug in the new LED taillight. The connector has the same plug as a regular taillight bulb so it’s very easy to install. I did it in about 5 minutes with no problems at all. The taillight cover then goes back on as it was before.
There are a few good things about the Brake! LED taillight (or any LED taillight for that matter). The first is obvious; it’s much brighter. Now, that may not be a big deal if you only ride the bike off road, but for those of us that use it as a commuting bike (hey, 72 mpg baby!) on busy roads, I’m all for being a little more visible. The other benefit is LED lights are vibration proof. They do not have filaments like incandescent bulbs and they last much longer. The bike will be long gone before the taillight ever goes out. You can also configure the Brake! LED taillight to pulse or flash for 1, 1.5 or 2 seconds before remaining on. This will help capture the attention of the person behind you. Since the BMW 650 GS doesn’t come with a large alternator, the LED lights draw less power which might allow you to use it on other electronic devices.