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Old 10-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Burnt headlamp bulb

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

How hard is this to replace oneself?

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Old 10-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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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 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.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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It's a BMW, you should take it to the dealer.

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?
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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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 :)
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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how many dealers does it take to change a bulb?
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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how many dealers does it take to change a bulb?
1 to hold the bulb and 99 to rotate the motorcycle?
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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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
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:59 AM   #9
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Cool2 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.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:31 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:38 AM   #11
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Mine blew after 9356 miles. Is this the expected life for H7 bulbs?
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:53 AM   #13
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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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