I'd been over and seen a friends new '08 GS Adventure.
He'd gotten all the bells and whistles, including the factory fog light
kit. BMW did a very nice modification to the left-side switchgear to make
the light control fall readily to thumb.
I had before:
This switch was left over from lights I removed from
a Dirt-Squirt Hodaka 100cc off-road bike back in the 70's. (It's almost
a perfect twin to a rather rare BMW switch used in the 60's bikes.) I just had it kicking
around my parts bin and used it because it fit. What it wasn't too good
for was turning the lights on/off since I had to move my hand off the left
grip to do so. The GS-Adventure switch setup looked lots better.
I contacted Bud at DeSimone Motorsports (Cherry Hill
NJ) - who ordered me the needed parts for the GS-Adventure setup.
From left to right:
Upper section of switch housing - 61-31-7-702-063, $15.73
Fog Lamp Switch - 61-31-7-694-815, $97.07
Lower section of switch housing - 61-31-7-702-067, 17.33
A tidy little sum, but it will clean up the look of
Assembled it looked like this:
Installing it just involved unscrewing the old back
cover of the switch assembly, and screwing this in. The top screw goes in
at what looks like an angle due to how the switch housing is shaped:
It was necessary to move my GS handguard out of the
way a bit to get the angle correct on the Torx driver.
It now falls readily to thumb.. sweet!