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 & Default Settings

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 05

R1200 Hex Series

User Manual  //  Rev 05

K1600 & F850 Series

User Manual  //  Rev 05

F800 & F700 Series

User Manual  //  Rev 05

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. 

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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 interdependently turn on/off and dim two sets of auxiliary lights.

Troubleshooting Guide

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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. 

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 immiditely upon connecting to the software.  

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

2. 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. 

3. 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%

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

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

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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.

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