Adding lighting to the R1150RS..
I asked around on a number of internet forums about mounts
available for auxiliary lighting for the R1150RS. Almost unanimously - one name
came back - RBR light brackets. It took a bit of web searching, but I found that
RBR makes an extensive series of brackets for lots of BMW models.. and if you
ask them, they will sell you a bracket via Ebay at about 1/2 of the normal
retail price. RBR can be found at:
RBR kit arrived promptly, and I was impressed with the quality of the
construction and finish. It has some of the finest welding I've ever seen
holding it together, and a flawless powder-coat finish. It comes with the needed
hardware to mount it to the fairing. Mounting it requires drilling two holes in
the bottom front lip of the fairing, and then running some screws up to a
captive nut plate that goes below the oil cooler and above the fairing lip.
Getting the screws started in this captive nut plate is a real PITA.
bought a set of
Hella FF50 (Free-form) oval lights from an Ebay auction. These appear on
Ebay all the time, and the selling price seems to vary from what I paid (about
$35) to over $100. Knowing how to make a "bid-group" in
Esnipe and setting the
group up with a bunch of the auctions kept the price down for me. These lights
are made in Germany, have a glass lens, and H1, 55W bulbs in them. The Ebay
seller seems to still be selling these..
The Hella kit came with an excellent wiring
harness and a relay, plus a switch for the lights. It was one of the best kits
I've seen. Highly recommended!
relay can be seen as the blue object.. the fuse for the lights is mounted next
to the relay. There is also an in-line fuse on the feed for the relay assembly.
Power for the switching coil was obtained from fuse #10 - which was unused, and
is a source of switched power (so the lights go off with the ignition.)
mounted the provided switch (which lights up when the lights are on) in the
position on the R1150RS "dash" that BMW used to use for auxiliary device
switches (heated grips, etc.) It's just to the right of the GPS in this photo:
The results were: