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Bike accessory advice: Replacement lights for F800GS

MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related.

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Q. Dear Marc. I have an F800GS but the lights are awful. What can I do to improve them? If I get more powerful lights will they drain the battery?

A. Beyond fitting R1200GS-style rally lights, your best bet is a set of HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights from They claim an HID 35W bulb gives more than double the light of a 60W Halogen bulb. The lights are powered at 80V, so a 'ballast' power unit is needed (but is included in the £110 price).

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