Back to modding in the name of safety, my latest adventure has been upgrading the stock taillight from a two-bulb assembly to the much brighter, nine-bulb Euro version. That’s eight bulbs on the brakes and one big one for the taillight/running light, compared to two-and-one in the original version. Anything to improve visibility is a safety upgrade, and on a black scoot with a top box hanging off the tail, I’ll take all the bulbs I can get back there. But it does beg the question, as the absent side stand did – why are the American GT200s a step down from their European counterparts, when they’re the same model and built in the same factory? Really, who’s the big cheese in The U.S. Department of Scooter Imports that makes that call?
“No no, Enricio, we don’t want all those ‘extra’ bulbs in the taillight, and get rid of that convenient little side stand. This is America! Land of the free and home of the bare minimum!”
Don’t even get me started on why ECE helmets aren’t allowed here when their standards are superior to DOT.
This Euro taillight replacement kit retails for around $105 on a few different parts websites, but I found it at ScooterPartsCo for $80, so I purchased there. When it arrived I realized it was cheaper because it doesn’t come with bulbs like the kit from Scooter West – oops.
I’ve done some basic electrical work at home but never on a vehicle of any kind, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from this kit and the brief description on the website. I definitely didn’t want to disconnect anything I wasn’t 100% sure I could reconnect myself, because it would render the scoot undriveable. On opening the kit, it looked pretty straightforward – there’s just one plug to connect, and a few screws to get things in place. Piece of cake.
And sure enough, it was! This is about as straightforward a mod as you could ask for – literally plug and play.
What you need:
The kit, and a phillips head screwdriver. That’s it!
How to do it:
- Remove the two screws holding the license plate light assembly; let that dangle.
- Remove the two screws holding the taillight assembly and pop it off. The screws for the taillight are longer than the ones for the license plate light, in case you get them mixed up.
- Unplug the tail light assembly.
- Plug in the new tail light.
- Turn the key and give your brakes a squeeze to check out the bright new lights and make sure you’ve got all the bulbs in correctly.
- Replace the screws on the new taillight and the old license plate light. I had to give the new light a few knocks with my palm to get it securely in place.
- Ride a little safer!
Although it might sound intimidating to mess with your brake light, this kit makes it completely pain-free to add a few more lights – and a little more safety – to your bike. And if you’re nervous about doing your own work, it’s a great confidence builder. I’ve got a bunch of new scooter goodies headed my way soon, so after the minor hiccup with the crash bar install, it was nice to not feel like an idiot with this one.