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HappyHighwayman 10-05-2012 10:19 AM

Burnt headlamp bulb
 
8000 miles in, headlamp died. Pretty cool the computer let's you know.

How hard is this to replace oneself?

PatrickM 10-05-2012 12:08 PM

Easy on the F800GS, I believe it's covered in the manual (huh, wassat?)

However, spend a few extra bucks and get a HID setup instead. It'll last longer, look better and help you see. Oh yeah, less energy required so more watts for your heated gear.

Loutre 10-05-2012 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HappyHighwayman (Post 19754550)
8000 miles in, headlamp died. Pretty cool the compute let's you know.

How hard is this to replace oneself?


Seriously? How cool is that?! Amazing :lol3 I love more and more this bike. What does he say?

Oh and I think in you bike manual they say something about changing your bulb. It seems quiet simple indeed.

LukasM 10-05-2012 12:17 PM

It's a BMW, you should take it to the dealer. :D

Or you could just twist the cap on the backside of the headlight, unhook the metal clamp, remove the plug, switch the bulb and assemble in reverse order. Maybe 5 minutes if you are clumsy?

HappyHighwayman 10-05-2012 01:15 PM

I took it to the dealer because I didn't have a spare bulb. 10 minutes, $14 + tax for the bulb, they did it for free on the spot.

FYI the computer shows the warning yellow light and "LAMP". Hard to miss :) Just missed getting it replaced under 6 month warranty on bulbs :)

Lefty23 10-05-2012 01:56 PM

how many dealers does it take to change a bulb?

HappyHighwayman 10-05-2012 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lefty23 (Post 19756201)
how many dealers does it take to change a bulb?

1 to hold the bulb and 99 to rotate the motorcycle?

machinebuilder 10-05-2012 06:25 PM

That's funny, I just had to replace mine this AM

1 min to remove it and figure out it's a H7 bulb, $9.58 at the auto parts store 45sec to install


It is cool that the bike tells you, there's no telling how long before I would realise on my own:D

runnr548 10-07-2012 07:59 AM

Low beam
 
My low beam went out a couple of weeks ago heading out on an evening ride for a nice dinner. Got the light...auto parts store and five minutes later all is good. It was around 6,800 miles.

sturgeon 10-07-2012 10:31 AM

Nice things about these is that high-beam and low-beam are the same bulb, and equally as easy to change. So if you're stuck somewhere with a burned-out low-beam, you can swap 'em around temporarily until you find a replacement.

Frikadelle 10-12-2012 08:38 AM

Mine blew after 9356 miles. Is this the expected life for H7 bulbs?

Dadayama 10-12-2012 10:23 PM

just for grins, i looked at Max BMW's microfiche to see how much an official bulb cost... and it is listed as $20.12.

The thing is you have a lot of choices at the auto store...

and yes it is very, very, very easy to change.

Dorito 10-13-2012 03:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Frikadelle (Post 19802486)
Mine blew after 9356 miles. Is this the expected life for H7 bulbs?

That is about what I've been getting. I don't think it's the life of the bulb (they run much longer in my car) so much as the vibrations etc shorten the life.


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