BMW is adding its dynamic brake lights to motorcycles after first introducing the technology to its automobiles. The technology that flashes the rear brake lights during deceleration, in theory making it more noticeable to other vehicles that the bike is slowing down. The dynamic brake light system will be offered in the European market as an option for of the 2016 R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, S1000XR and standard equipment for the K1600GT, GTL and GTL Exclusive.
The system works in two stages. Under strong braking while traveling at speeds above 50 kph (31 mph), the brake lights flash at a frequency of 5 Hz. When the motorcycle’s speed drops below 14 kph (9 mph), the rear turn signals flash as hazard lights. The hazards will continue to flash until the motorcycle accelerates to a speed of at least 20 kph (12 mph).
For the R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and S1000XR, BMW is combining the dynamic brake lights in a package with ABS Pro which inhibits wheel lock-up even when banking into a turn. Both features will be standard on the K1600 models.
No word on whether the technology will be introduced to the U.S., though there are likely regulatory requirements required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.