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Old 01-01-2012, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wanted to share my overall experience with Gotham Superbikes on my recent purchase from them. I purchased one of their new HID kits for my S1krr, both high and low beams. I've had 35W kits on my other bikes and cars before, but opted for the 55W kit this time. You can never have enough light when traveling down the interstate, late at night, at unmentionable speeds .

I paid for the 55W 5000k kit on Dec 28th and received it on the 31st. Fast shipping especially considering the extra holiday courier loads! The kits came neatly packed with the bulbs in one box and the ballast in another. Both of those boxes were submerged in foam peanuts inside another box.

Ballasts are 3.5 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick.
Ignitors are 2.5 inches long, 1 inch wide and 1 inch thick.

Here's everything you get!


They weighed in at 9.8oz (278g) a piece for the ballast.


Now the kit comes with spade connectors that can be plugged into the stock bulb harness but I wanted a more secure connection. So I soldered it, this also allowed me to shove the excess wire into the light housing.


Install was a breeze, it's almost as if BMW knew we were gonna do this and provided nice flat areas for this. I used some heavy duty velcro to attach.
Left side/Low beam


Right side/High beam


Blinding!! (5000k) (Probably gonna get white led parking lights to match)


I finally feel like the BMW is a BMW .

These kits are super high quality. I thought about getting the cheaper HID kits on the market, in fact that's what I had on my 06 CBR1000. I lucked out and that kit worked ok, my buddy had the same kit, both from an ebay seller. He went through 2 ballast before he had two working lights! The returning and all the crap isn't worth it. Although recently, I had a bulb burn out on the CBR.

These kits are digitally controlled and will not flicker. The output voltage to the bulb is a nice sinusoidal AC waveform, not a chopped DC like the cheap kits. This will extended not only the bulb but the ballast, just like anything else in life, it doesn't like being slammed on and off. It's bright as could be and should last a long, long time.

Thanks guys!

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Old 01-01-2012, 03:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sic...I'm bout ready to install mine...
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice write up..and with pics!
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the review, everything looks great! Glad you enjoy them
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would you be able to post a photo of the lights on a wall say, 20 feet back? ive got a kit coming in aswell, and after having them on my car, im not sure i will install them.
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I looked at gothamsuperbikes.com and can't find this. Where did you order it from?
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry not on the site yet, still working on that!

I will pm you and give you the info.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Can you PM a Price for your HID kit for the S1000rr with the 5000k color light.



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Sorry not on the site yet, still working on that!

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Sure can, sending a pm your way now.
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