Shine A Light
Q **I just picked up a clean, used BMW R1200GS and love it. But after a month or so of exploring the local deserts-on and off the pavement-there's only one problem. I love riding at night, but the stock lights don't illuminate things up ahead nearly as well as I'd like-nothing like the setup on my '07 Toyota FJ Cruiser, which wears a pair of Hella Model 500 lights on its roof. I'd like something similar for the GS. Hopefully something more compact, which probably means an HID setup. Most of the kits I've seen aren't exactly cheap, but I don't mind spending a few bucks to really see where I'm going. Can't steer around what I can't see, you know? Most of the locals seem to travel on four legs instead of four wheels where I ride, especially after dark. Hitting one on four wheels is bad enough. You don't want to know what a motorcycle looks like after slamming into 900 pounds of sleepwalking beef. Don't ask how I know. Any wisdom you can pass along would be sincerely appreciated and scrupulously applied.