CANsmart™ User Guide // BMW

This online user guide is designed to provide additional information and support to be used alongside the physical user manual that is included with your CANsmart. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call our tech support line at 401 360 2550.

Device Overview

Familiarize yourself with the CANsmart unit, the four outputs (or circuits) and the included plug-&-play wiring adapters so you can plan your accessory installations.

Installation Guide

See just how easy it is to install a CANsmart™ Controller, connect accessories and change settings via the Accessory Manager Software. 

Lighting Controls

A visual reminder showing  how to independently turn on/off and dim two sets of auxiliary lights using the BMW WonderWheel and other original switches. 

Troubleshooting Guide

With over 35 custom features and settings you might want a little extra help getting your CANsmart™ configured to your specific accessory setup. 

Device Overview

Familiarize yourself with the CANsmart unit, the four outputs (or circuits) and the included plug-&-play wiring adapters so you can plan your accessory installations.

Installation Guide

This online installation guide provides supplemental information to be used alongside the physical user manual that is included with your CANsmart. Click on the links below to view the original PDF user manuals.

R1200LC & R1250 Series

User Manual  //  Rev 06

R1200 Hex Series

User Manual  //  Rev 03

K1600 & F850 Series

User Manual  //  Rev 03

F800 & F700 Series

User Manual  //  Rev 02

CANbus Connection Locations

R1250 GS 2019

Connect to the RDC connector located under the passenger seat at the rear of the opening.. 

R1200 GS 2013-2018

Connect to the RDC connector located under the passenger seat at the rear of the opening.. 

R1200 RT 2014-2018

Connect to the DWA connector located under the passenger seat at the rear of the opening. 

R1200 R/RS 2015-2018

Connect to the DWA connector located under the passenger seat at the front left of the opening. 

R1200 GS 2004-2012

Connect to the DWA connector located at the rear of the bike under the rear rack. 

K1600 ALL 2011-2019

Connect to the DWA connector located under the passenger seat to the rear-left of the opening. 

F700/800 GS 2008-2018

Connect to the DWA connector located under the passenger seat at the rear of the opening. 

F800 S 2006-2010

Connect to the DWA connector located under the passenger seat on the right side. 

CANsmart™ Accessory Manager Software // Default Settings 

Lighting Controls

Controlling auxiliary lights from your vehicles original switches is the hallmark feature of our CANsmart system. Use the guide below to remind yourself how to independently turn on/off and dim two sets of auxiliary lights.

Troubleshooting Guide

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from folks who are looking for a little extra help getting their CANsmart installed and configured. If you don't see your question addressed here don't hesitate to call our tech support line at 401.360.2550.

CAN bus = “Controller Area Network” This is the computer system used by BMW and many other modern vehicle manufacturers, its essentially the brain of the vehicle.  By connecting to the CAN bus and picking up data (messages from the vehicle's computer) we can use the vehicles controls and sensors to tell the CANsmart™ how to operate.

RDC = RDC is the German Language acronym for the Tire Pressure Monitor System.

DWA = DWA is the German Language acronym for the vehicle anti-theft alarm system. 

Circuit = The output channels of the CANsmart™, there are four circuits, Light Circuit 1, Light Circuit 2, Horn Circuit and Brake Light Circuit.

Accessory Manager Software = The PC or Mac software used to configure the settings of the CANsmart™.

LED Indicator Light = The small LED indicator located next the Micro USB port on the CANsmart Device.

Three-Wire Lights = Lights that feature a 3rd dedicated dimming wire in addition to the power and ground wires.

Two-Wire Lights = Lights that only have a power and ground wires and do NOT have a dedicated dimming wire.

Info Button = The button which cycles between the different info on the dash (Odometer, Trip 1, Trip 2, etc.). Also known as the “Trip Button” or “Trip Switch”.

TSC = “Turn Signal Cancel” button, located on the left side of handlebar.

WonderWheel = BMW scroll wheel which controls the factory info panel, located on the left side of handlebar

The Gen 1 CANsmart is pre-configured to add two auxiliary driving lights, a horn and a brake light. You can however, install any type of accessory on any of the four circuits if you stay within each circuit’s max current capacity.

Light Circuit One (Long three wire – red, yellow, black)
Default Fuse Setting: 10A
Max Fuse Setting: 10A continuous, 25A peak

Light Circuit Two (Short three wire – red, yellow, black)
Default Fuse Setting: 4A
Max Fuse Setting: 4A continuous, 4A peak

Horn Circuit (Short two wire – green, black)
Default Fuse Setting: 25A
Max Fuse Setting: 10A continuous, 25A peak

Brake Circuit (Short two wire – orange, black)
Default Fuse Setting: 2A
Max Fuse Setting: 4A continuous, 4A peak

For R1200LC and R1250 models you connect to the Tire Pressure Monitor System (RDC) connector. For all other BMW models, you connect to the alarm system (DWA) connector. CLICK HERE to see exactly which plug to connect to on your bike. 

than the CANsmart. Be sure to bench test the accessory by powering it directly from the vehicles battery or an alternative 12v DC power source to insure the accessory functions standalone.

1. Make sure you are plugged into the correct CANbus connector for your bike as there can be more than one connector to plug into under the seat. CLICK HERE to see exactly which plug to connect to on your bike. 

2. Make sure the CANsmart is connected to the battery and confirm that the main fuse is not tripped. 

3. Connect your device to the current version Accessory Manager Software to confirm that you have the latest firmware installed on your device. If your firmware is outdated, you will be prompted to update your device immediately upon connecting to the software.  

1. Make sure you have the newest version of the CANsmart Accessory Manager Software installed on your computer. 

2. Try a different USB port on your computer. The device works best when connected to a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port. Some computers use a combination of the older USB 1.1 and the newer 2.0 or 3.0 ports. 

3. Check that the USB cable is not damaged, the Micro USB end of the cable is easy to bend or crush.

If your lights are connected but not turning on, or they are on, but you are unable to turn them off or dim them from the bike please check the following: 

1. Make sure you are plugged into the correct CANbus connector for your bike as there can be more than one connector to plug into under the seat. CLICK HERE to see exactly which plug to connect to on your bike. 

2. Make sure your lights are connected to one of the three-wire (red,black,yellow) light circuits.

3. The lights might be turned off. Use the TSC/Info Button to turn the auxiliary lights ON. CLICK HERE if you forget how to turn the lights on/off using your vehicle TSC/Trip switch. 

4. Connect to the Accessory Manager Software or use the Wonder Wheel/Info Button to double check that Low Beam Intensity and/or High Beam Intensity are not set to 0%

5. Make sure the proper dimming mode has been selected in the Accessory Manager Software.
For Three-Wire Lights Disable“Two-Wire Dimming Mode”
For Two-Wire Lights Enable“Two-Wire Dimming Mode”

6. Check the LED indicator light on the CANsmart, if the indicator light is flashing red than a fuse has been tripped and value needs to be increased using the Accessory Manager Software.

7. Check that all harness connections and wiring to the auxiliary lights are solid and free of shorts.

8. It’s possible that the accessory is defective rather than the CANsmart. Be sure to bench test the accessory by powering it directly from the vehicles battery or an alternative 12v DC power source to insure the accessory functions standalone.

The Auxiliary Brake Light is not functioning?

1. Connect to the Accessory Manager Software to double check that the Running Light Intensity and/or Brake Light Intensity not set to 0%

2. Check the LED indicator light on the CANsmart, if the indicator light is flashing red than a fuse has been tripped and value needs to be increased using the Accessory Manager Software.

3. Check that all connections/wiring to the brake light are solid and free of shorts.

4. It’s possible that the accessory is defective rather than the CANsmart. Be sure to bench test the accessory by powering it directly from the vehicle’s battery or an alternative 12v DC power source to insure the accessory functions standalone.

5. It is possible that one of the wires in the B6 brake light wiring adapter (pigtail) has lost contact with the connector terminal. Use a voltmeter to confirm there is continuity from one end of the pigtail to the other. If not, DENALI will replace the wiring adapter free of charge.

The Brake Light’s “Auto-Flash (Declaration Activated Flashing)” feature is not functioning?

There is some confusion regarding the Auto-Flash feature and how it is supposed to function.

1. Auto-Flash only works above activates above 30mph (50km/h) 

2. The sensitivity of the system can be adjusted in the extra settings window. The default deceleration rate at which the light will activate is 12.4mph/sec., changing this to "More Sensitive" changes the value to 11.8mph/sec..

3. If deceleration is due to active braking, the flashing will continue until both brakes are released. If deceleration is due to engine braking, the flashing will continue until deceleration is less than the deceleration threshold or vehicle speed is less than 30mph.

4. Auto brake flashing on tap-off will only flash if the deceleration is over the threshold, which is not typically long in these cases. The light will flash a minimum of two times if the deceleration goes over the threshold and the brake is not active. If the brake is active the light will continue to flash until the brake is released.

5. The harsh deceleration limits do require a rather hard deceleration to trigger, which is difficult to achieve when just tapping off the throttle. If we updated the sensitivity to be any lower than the thresholds that are in the software, then the brake light tends to trigger on a normal braking event, which is not what should happen.

1. Check the LED indicator light on the CANsmart, if the indicator light is flashing red than a fuse has been tripped and value needs to be increased using the Accessory Manager Software.

2. Check that all connections/wiring to the horn are solid and free of shorts.

3. F800 Series & R1200 HexHead Series Only – Double check the green horn input wire, this wire must be connected from the CANsmart out to the factory horn for the aftermarket Horn to function.

4. It’s possible that the accessory is defective rather than the CANsmart. Be sure to bench test the accessory by powering it directly from the vehicle’s battery or an alternative 12v DC power source to insure the accessory functions standalone.

Solid Green = Normal operation (Vehicle Ignition ON)

Slow Flashing Green
= Normal operation (Vehicle Ignition OFF)

Quick Flashing Green = 
Bootloader Mode (Updating Firmware) - Connect to software to complete the update

Solid Red
= Recovered from failure - Connect to software to complete the recovery

Flashing Red
= Tripped Fuse - Cycle ignition to reset the fuse - If trips again connect to the software to increase the fuse value

Solid Green & Flashing Red
= Application Firmware Corrupt - Connect to Software to update firmware

Solid Red & Solid Green
= Device authentication failure - Device has been deactivated

Flashing Red & Flashing Green
= Data fault - missing CANbus data - Confirm that you are connectedd to the correct CANbus port

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