BMW topcase brake light upgrade – the RT gets a pre-riding season upgrade

BMW accessory brake light comprises 16 LED lights. Shown with brake lights ON

BMW accessory brake light comprises 16 LED lights. Shown with BRAKE LIGHTS ON

Image shows RT with ignition ON and taillight in the normal running mode

Image shows RT with ignition ON and taillight in the normal running mode (BRAKE LIGHTS OFF)

I admit to being more than slightly paranoid when it comes to riding in traffic.

I am very conscious and highly aware of the traffic that’s in front of me and vehicles coming at me from the sides.

But most of all, I am the most paranoid about being rear-ended.

Last week, I had my 2014 BMW R1200RT in for its 30,000 km service.  While it was in, I decided to have the dealership install the BMW accessory brake light installed.  My riding buddy Robyn S. had the same brake light installed on his RT last year and was very pleased with the results.

As you can see from the above two images, the BMW topcase brake light does NOT have a running light function, a feature that I would have preferred.  Instead, it is either ON or OFF.

Still, I appreciate the increased visibility, and the extra brake light will give me a greater sense of security when I’m on the road this summer.

The BMW topcase brake light isn’t exactly cheap (it DOES have the BMW label, which naturally makes it a tad more expensive than aftermarket offerings), but the advantage is that it fits perfectly and is easy to install.  MSRP for brake light is $187.88 (minus 10-percent discount for BMW club members) and 0.25 hour labour charge ($32.50.)

The BMW topcase brake light part number is 77518520044.

Some might say the $211.59 installed price is a wee bit high.  But the increased peace of mind the brake light gives, like the TV ad used to say, is priceless.

 

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