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#963776 - 06/17/16 11:37 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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At 11500 miles on my 2015, I am on my third low beam lamp. I started the bike the other day and heard a loud pop. I have no clue what the pop was but my headlight blew. Anyhow, the last time I changed my low beam I took the glove box off and some of the side panels to get access. I loosened the horn too. It took me 1.5 hours...pure frustration.
The other day I just decided to simply reach under and change it free style. I took my Coleman cooler, put it directly in front of the bike, sat down, then reached up under and visualized the process. My nose was practically hitting the headlight cover as I undid each clip. The wire harness just wiggled loose and the clips were a little harder...but they came off and I swung the clips upward. The lamp was kinda hard to get free but it too came out after a little wiggle. Just line up the three little notches as you put the new lamp in. To me, that is the hardest thing to do---lining up the three notches. I took a sharpie and marked to top notch so I could easily line up to the top notch recess in the light assembly when looking through the lamp hole as I pushed it through. If you do not get the three notches correctly aligned, the lamp will be crooked and will be much harder to put the spring clips back on.
Just visualize it...I practically had my eyes closed as I put the clips back on. Sitting in front, it literally took me less than three minutes....two of which were trying to open the new lamp packaging.
Maybe a small borescope camera to get up under there...maybe a virtual reality headset too to better see what you are doing?

By the way...is 5000 miles normal for blowing a low beam lamp?


Grant Weldin
2000 R1200C (donated to my brother)
2008 R1200RT (traded in at Max's)
2015 R1200RT
#963783 - 06/18/16 01:44 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: GWeldin]  
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By the way...is 5000 miles normal for blowing a low beam lamp?


I sure hope not. I just turned 6000mi and still on original bulb


2015 R1200RT
2013 KLR 650
#963790 - 06/18/16 03:09 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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7200 hundred miles and still good!

#963795 - 06/18/16 04:48 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: GWeldin]  
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My original bulb made it 15k miles just under 10 months.


Steve B.
2015 BMW R1200RT
Alexandria, VA
#963803 - 06/18/16 11:50 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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From seeing a lot of posts on this the original bulb seems last 10,000 miles on average

Jay

#963833 - 06/19/16 12:02 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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No need to remove anything but the horn! The horn has one bolt and after you drop the horn the low beam access is MUCH better. You may still need to feel for the spring to be able to reinstall it but you can feel where it needs to catch and latch back in.

#963893 - 06/19/16 10:36 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: Ride200mi]  
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thanks for the tip...this bulb life thing is interesting. I see how many people burn them out. Somehow, knock on wood, I have yet to have a bulb replacement on my last 3 bikes...I drove my airhead 40k miles, no bulbs, my oilhead 40k miles, no bulbs, and I'm slightly over 10k miles on my wethead and no bulbs. I hope this doesn't jinx me.

I've had headlight protectors on all 3 so wonder if those protectors are somehow absorbing the shock of debris.


David
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#963922 - 06/20/16 11:03 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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20k still on original bulb.


2014 BMW R1200RT
2006 Honda ST1300
2001 Ducati 996
1997 Honda CBR900RR
1991 Honda VFR750
1994 Honda CBR600F2
1978 Honda CB400 T2
#964260 - 06/23/16 11:26 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Mine blew at 15k. Never had a main headlight bulb go on a bike before in nearly 19 years.

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#964266 - 06/24/16 02:03 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Anyone done or researched H7 LED conversion?

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