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Baja Designs Squadron S 2 Long Term Report
Favorite Things – The Little Squadron
Someone recently commented that I should make a list of my favorite things. I am not sure if I will get around to doing something that complete, but it is a good concept regardless. The truth is, most of my favorite things are utility items that I use every week and never give much thought to. They won’t be anything very glamorous, mostly pedestrian gadgets that just work better than average.
The Baja Designs S2 LED headlight would be right at the top of this list. It is nearly everything an enduro bike light should be; light, powerful and trouble free. We started running this light just over a year ago. It has since seen duty on at least four different bikes. I near as I can figure, that adds up to about 350 hours.
I don’t often ride in the dark. But, when guiding tours and wandering around Baja, it is an eventuality to could happen any single day. We found ourselves out late one night in January. I was riding a bike with a woeful stock headlight. It was a struggle to make any pace, even on a gravel road. Finally, my riding buddy pulled alongside to guide me. He was on the bike with the Squadron.
The difference was astounding, it was like riding in daylight. The smallest of the Baja Designs LED’s has plenty of power to light the way home. It is enough to make riding at night enjoyable.
Here are a couple of more reasons to like the S2
At just 80z. it is very light and compact, does not interfere with wiring harness behind headlight
It draws very little power, should work on any battery charging system
Polysport shell makes it easy to adapt to any bike, not make/model specific
Durable wiring harness available with water tight connectors
Available with 4 pin plug for OEM KTM wiring harness
While nearly everyone I see on the trail has opted for the larger four bulb Squadron or Squadron XL, the truth is, the majority of riders would be very happy with the S2 for less money and less weight.
Looking at the Baja Designs website, it looks like the specs on all the lights have changed since we purchased this one. The current S2 Pro is rated at 2,150 lumens for $219. If I recall, ours is 1,800lumens. So you might want to check the website for all the newest versions of the Squadron line.
There is a new 1,800 lumen 4 bulb version for $169 that looks like a smart deal.