TST Industries used technology most likely stolen from downed UFOs in Roswell to get my new Halos to me in record time. In return, I installed them right away so I can share my experience with others and answer any questions you all may have.
First and foremost, if you are familiar and happy with the fit and finish of their other products, these will not disappoint. I have their Integrated Taillight on my bike and I'm very happy with how that fits, and also happy with the obvious build quality when you're holding it in your hand. These are of that same quality.
These are TST's new Halo-GTR Flush Mount Signals. They come in either Smoke or Clear lens and the Halos come in a handful of different colors. ( Mine are Clear/Hyper White) What's cool about these is that they come apart into two pieces... the flush mount light and the halo. This means that you can order one set today and switch your halo to a different color when you want to (TST sells other colors separately). You can also order just the new GTR Flush Mount signals today and add the halos in at a later date. They come apart easily and have a small plug in the wiring for an easy add or swap out.
Their original standard flush mount signals were held in place with a plastic nut behind the fairing. These new GTR's are held in place differently. Replacing that nut is a ring that has tabs on each side, and engages with teeth on the back of the light unit. Slide it over the back of the light housing and it ratchets on and once tight, it's not going anywhere. Pros and cons to both designs (IMO)... the regular flush mount lights can easily be taken on and off but it you get a little too 'Popeye' on that plastic nut, you risk breaking it (although I have not heard of anyone doing so). These new locking rings click right in place easily and eliminate that potential issue but if you do choose to take these lights back out, it's a little more work to get the locking ring off. Once I installed my lights, I took them back out and with a little screwdriver to disengage the tabs on each side, it wasn't too difficult to pop the lights out of the bike.
These lights come pre-wired with the OEM plugs so there is no need for special wiring harnesses. Order these new Halo/Flushmount lights and they are 100% plug-&-Play on our R3. They have what TST explained is a logic not gate where we have the halo light on all the time (running lights) and once the directionals are activated, that gate switches the halo off and switches over to the flush mount directionals. Cancel the directional and the halo turns back on.
It's crazy cold out today so I didn't take a lot of time with capturing pictures but I wanted to show everyone how they look in the bike. The pictures are pretty much self-explanitory but I'm including a few pics of some gaskets I made up for these lights. I installed my lights and they fit great and functioned perfectly but my left side light had a very small amount of movement in it... not when the bike was running but just when I tried wiggling it with my hand. Being an OCD crazy old guy, I had to do something about that. I ran down the road to a local craft store and bought a sheet of black craft foam for $0.99 and cut out some gaskets. I cut one for the flush mount side and another to go between the locking ring and the fairing. The result is a 100% perfect fit and I'm stoked with the result. This is NOT needed and I had ZERO concerns with the original fit of the lights.... I just wanted it to be perfect in my own mind and now it is just that... perfect.
If you are on the fence, don't hesitate. They're awesome. If you have the original flush mounts and want to know if these are worth the upgrade... I think so but you have to decide that for yourself. I do love having running lights which the originals didn't offer (without additional wiring) and the halos are super cool. The phone's camera may not pick it up well but they are super bright and visible from all angles. I also like that we can swap out the halo for another color for $13 if we choose to do so.
Special thanks for
(everyone at TST) for tolerating my non-stop nagging to make these available and for once again not disappointing!
Anyway... on to the pics and if anyone has any questions, just shout.