Do you know how when you research the purchase of a new bike, you read comments like “the seat is horrible” or “the handlebars need to be higher.” Invariably you’ll find someone who posts the exact opposite opinion claiming that it has the best seat ever, or that the handlebar hight is perfect.
Well, the one thing EVERYBODY agrees on when it comes to the KTM 1290 Super Adventure is that the stock lighting SUCKS! I’m talking major suckage… Like my 1979 Corolla had better lights. In all honesty the Moto Guzzi Stelvio I once owned had far superior lighting. I’m not sure what the issue is with the stock lights, but they appear to be very dim and wholly inadequate.
Right before I left to go on the First Ride Up the Divide (FRUTD) trip, I upgraded my main headlights with the Cyclops Adventure Lighting LED Bulb Kit for the 1090/1190/1290 series of KTM motorcycles. The kit comes with both the low and high beam lights and produces 8000 lumens. These are 30 watt Cree emitters with a color temperature of 5700K. Very bright and very white. This Youtube video by Alexandros Chalatsis clearly shows just how these lights perform.
I can tell you that these lights probably saved my ass and the collective asses of our FRUTD team. While we were crossing over from Colorado back into Northern New Mexico to camp, we had a deer walk into our path, right around a blind corner. If it was not for the brightness and throw of these lights, I never would have seen the deer in-time to stop the group. Money well spent!
I shared this story with the folks at Cyclops during the following AIM Expo and they asked me to try out their LED Light Bar Kit. (Full disclosure, while I purchased the LED Headlight kit at full price, Cyclops provided the Light Bar Kit at no charge.) Like all Cyclops kits, the Light Bar comes with everything you need for the installation.
Mounting and hook-up is pretty straightforward. After removing all the plastics and headlight nacelle, you make a connection into the high beam circuit and run power and ground back to the battery. Initially I had trouble identifying the high beam wire but a quick call to Cyclops solved this. This is the simplest connection.. you hit the high beams and the light bar comes on with full power. Cyclops offers a Skene Dimmer as a $75.00 option if that’s the way you want to roll. The Skene dimmer lets you dim the bar from off to 100% in 10% increments. All from the factory high beam switch.
The mounting is a little bit time consuming as far as getting the bracket mounted but easy nonetheless. The only hard part is finding room in the headlight nacelle to fit all of the wiring, especially if you’ve already added the LED headlights.
The final installation is nice and clean and appears to be from the factory.
The bar has six LED lights. The two outside emitters are a 25 degree pattern and the inside four emitters are 10 degree. This gives great field lighting while still providing additional lighting to the sides.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to test these off-road yet, I have used them on the highway in the early hours of the morning while commuting to work. There is no doubt in my mind that oncoming traffic can see me! I get the flash from what seems like miles away!
One last note… while I was attending the Overland Expo East (insert hyper link) in Asheville, Twisted Throttle held a lighting contest. Guess who won? Yours truly! Now this was all in-fun and more to showcase the need for upgraded and auxiliary lighting. And, my bike was the ONLY one that had any kind of aftermarket lighting on it. I won a very cool trophy and a $50.00 gift certificate (which I gave to the second place finisher). The last place finisher won a complete set of auxiliary lights from Twisted Throttle. Nice going guys!
In conclusion, if you are in the market to upgrade your stock lights (and you should be!) or add additional lighting, you must checkout Cyclops Adventure Lighting. This is a great company with excellent customer service. You won’t be disappointed. See Ya!