BMW R1200 LC

Installation Guide

This is a step by step guide to installing the HEX ezCAN on BMW R1200 LC series bikes. The following bikes are supported in the BMW R1200 LC (Liquid Cooled) series:

  • R1200GS LC - K50
  • R1200GS Adv - K51
  • R1200RT LC - K52
  • R1200RS LC - K54
  • R1200R LC - K53

Installation Video

Find your bike's RDC connector and battery


R1200GS LC (K50 & K51)

R1200GS Adventure (K50)

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Open the compartment under pillion seat
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Look inside, towards the rear, of the area under the pillion seat
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RDC connector plugged in
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DO NOT confuse the RDC connector with the ABS tilt sensor!
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Battery location.

R1200RT LC (K52)

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RDC connector is located under the rear cowling.
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Remove the seat to reach the RDC.
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Look underneath the cowling.
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Do not confuse the RDC and the ABS tilt-sensor.
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Battery location.

R1200RS LC (K54)

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The R1200RS RDC connector is underneath the pillion seat.
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Look towards the front of the bike, on the left side, hidden under the cowling, you will find the RDC connector.
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The RDC connector is hidden from plain sight.

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Battery location

R1200R LC (K53)

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Remove the pillion seat to reach the RDC.
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After removing the pillion seat, look under the cowling towards the front of the bike.
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This is what the RDC plug looks like.
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Battery location.

Install and configure the software

Download and install the HEX ezCAN configuration software from the Software page.

Our Software page sets out the process of configuring the installation with the HEX ezCAN configuration software.

Connect your ezCAN to the computer and make sure your unit has the latest firmware.

Determine the channel configuration, see below.

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Install the ezCAN under the seat

You can secure the ezCAN with the velcro strips provided after the accessories have been plugged in.

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Route and connect the battery wires

Disconnect the battery wiring harness terminals from the battery and connect the ezCAN wires to the battery before re-connecting the factory wires.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: First, unplug the battery negative wire and only attach it at the end again. This is good practice whenever you work on your bike's electronics. For ease of installation, it is recommended that you connect the ezCAN's positive wire to the jumpstart terminal, but you can also connect it to the battery positive terminal.

Plug the ezCAN into CAN-Bus

Bike with RDC control unit 

  1. Start by unplugging the CAN-Bus connector from the RDC control unit if it is not yet unplugged.
  2. Plug the HEX ezCAN into the CAN-Bus connector - inline.
  3. The HEX ezCAN has two CAN-Bus connectors, one male and one female. Plug the male connector into the CAN-Bus connector, with the female connector going into the RDC control unit.

Bike without RDC control unit

  1. Start by unplugging the cap from the RDC - CAN-Bus connector.
  2. Plug the Male HEX ezCAN into the CAN-Bus connector - inline.
  3. Replace the cap on the female HEX ezCAN terminal.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Both the male and female ezCAN CAN-Bus terminals must be connected correctly. Do not connect to any other component or to any other part of the motorcycle's wiring harness. If you do, the ezCAN will not function.

Connect accessories using colour-coding

The HEX ezCAN kit includes four two wire stub connectors with male connection terminals.

If you are not going to use one or more of the power output channels, install a blanking plug over the unused output. The HEX ezCAN product contains two blanking plugs.

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The ezCAN has four power output channels. Two channels (red and orange) are capable of powering high-power accessories, and two (yellow and white) are capable of powering low-power accessories. However, you can adjust the maximum power that is used by each accessory, and you do not have to use any power output channel that you don’t need.

The colour-coding on the output wires must match the colours in the output configuration you select from the HEX ezCAN channel mapping software. Red to red, orange to orange, etc. (Black wire is Battery Negative and the Red, Orange,Yellow and White are the Positive Supply.)

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Connect the terminals of the high-power and low-power stub connectors to the correct female terminals on the ezCAN.Screen Shot 2017-09-04 at 8.34.45 PM

If you are installing spotlights, connect the power wire for each spotlight to the power wire of the correct stub connector.

Connect the spotlight’s ground wire to the ground wire of the stub connector.

Test the installation

Most newly installed accessories can be tested simply with the ignition "ON", but some brake functions will require the bike to be in motion and traveling above a certain speed. For example, emergency braking requires deceleration of more than 21km/h/s (kilometres per hour per second).

SAFETY NOTICE: Test and check your installations and accessories in a safe, controlled environment. Caution is advised at all times. Extra vigilance is required when testing new features or accessories. You do so at your own risk.

DISCLAIMER: HEX ezCAN is not liable for any injury or damage howsoever caused and all products and services are used at your own risk.