Gear: Baja Designs Squadron LED Motorcycle Lights

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TIGER-HEADLIGHTS

Factory lights tend to suck. Outdated halogen bulbs lack both outright brightness and throw, often meaning the riding needs to stop at dark. Thanks to super powerful aftermarket lights like these from Baja Designs, that no longer need be the case.

It’s inevitable. You’ve made the plans, you’ve done the maintenance, you’ve packed the whole list and you’ve got the whole trip mapped out. Then, the unexpected happens. You get a flat tire, your friend gets dehydrated, you found a cool side trail. Now, the sun’s going down and you’re stuck with a stock headlamp.

Be it on a desolate highway, a fire road or just trying to find a campsite, you don’t have to be off-road to be plagued by the dark.

I’ve often looked at aftermarket lighting for my motorcycle, only to balk at the cost and effort required for installation. But not anymore, Baja Designs has developed a bolt-on solution for ADV bikes like my Triumph Tiger 800 XC that retails for $680 and includes everything you need to attach it to your bike.

This 3×3 “Squadron” lights put out an incredible 3,600 lumens thanks to Cree LEDs that are rated to a 50,000 hour service life and are shock proof.

I’ve never seen anything like that brightness come out of a motorcycle before. We’re talking daylight. I no longer fear being stuck out after dark. Hell, let’s leave after sundown for all I care.


Low Beams


High Beams


Squadron lights

I wouldn’t recommend using them in an urban environment; they’ll dazzle other drivers. Still, a couple experiments revealed that they’ll illuminate reflective street signs up to eight blocks away. Eight blocks!

Baja Designs has been lighting things up off-road for 20 years, refining and perfecting their products with lessons learned from real world racing experience. Now, they’re using that knowledge to provide lighting to the growing ADV sector.

Using Cree’s new XML LED, these are the brightest lights you can easily affix to a motorcycle. And, because they’re LED instead of HID, they don’t require an additional ballast, a notorious weak point in previous aftermarket lighting. They also draw less — just 3.6 amps each — and weigh in at a paltry 12oz. The Tiger can easily handle both those requirements.

I was a bit worried about messing around with electrical stuff on my bike, but I needn’t have been, Baja Designs has done everything to make this kit as easy as possible, using OEM-style connectors and providing excellent instructions. Should you need any help, an excellent customer service department responds to emails and phone calls.


Low Beams


High Beams


Squadron lights

The Squadron kit includes everything you’ll need to fit your bike, including:
- LED Lights
- Bike specific mounting hardware
- Relay harness
- Rear harness w/fuse
- High Beam by-pass extension
- Thumb Switch w/bracket

The fit and finish is top notch too. An IP69K certification means they can withstand being submerged under nine feet of water and the beam patterns are user configurable for flood or throw.

All in, they totally transform the night riding experience on my Tiger. I’m now as confident riding at night as during the day.

Order a set here.

  • kentaro

    That price is insane! For $243 shipped I got a pair of lights for my GSA from Cyclops Motorsports which were good enough to quick stop from 110 after spotting a deer in the pitch black of northern Michigan. Darryl the owner even called me a week after delivery to make sure I was happy with everything. The site needs work but you can ask this guy anything over the phone and he is very active on Advrider. Highly recommend http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/?page=products&id=182

  • Kr Tong

    I need some good cornering lights. I think we all do.

  • DavidyArica Freire

    Maybe good for someone that doesn’t care about money. Just get some HID and projectors with Aux lighting from fleabay and you’ll be good to go. Probably for under 200 or so.

  • jonoabq

    Go look at the Clearwater Lights “Darlas” (LEDs). Routed through a potentiometer so you can dial them down for commuting, up for other various needs. I had halogens on my Tiger but was not all that impressed due their limited use (100% on or switched off) and slow warm up time. Have Darlas on my Speed Triple and love them. Easy install, low current draw, waterproof as lights get, really small for 4000 lumens, and first rate customer service.
    Regardless of what flavor of accessory lighting one decides to put on their bike in my opinion its a worthwhile mod for almost any motorcycles (usually crappy) stock lighting.

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