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Old 09-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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Need recommendation for headlight replacement bulb

Any recommendation for a replacement bulb for low beam bulb for 2010 R1200GS? Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:55 AM   #2
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Only recommendation you need. Upgrade it to a HID.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:33 AM   #3
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Other than going HID route, what bulbs to buy and where, please?
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:41 AM   #4
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H7 cheapie from AutoZone or similar. No point in expensive bulbs that last no longer or less.

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PS I third the HID!
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:48 AM   #5
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Sylvania Siverstars are nice, but the wording on the package tells you they won't last as long as a cheaper bulb. HID is the way to go for more light and less costs.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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The basic Sylvania H7's are around $10 at Wal Mart. They sell several different variants, Extra Vision, etc. Look on the back of the package, and Sylvania has bars to indicate projected life. I think the highest is 5 bars, and that's on the $10 bulb. Whiter, brighter = fewer bars. Of course, it's all relative. I think I'm on my third replacement in three years, just buying the cheap ones.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:40 AM   #7
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I had tried various lighting on my 05 R12GS I finally settled on the Phillips MotoVison bulbs, inexpensive and built for motorcycles.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:46 AM   #8
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I had tried various lighting on my 05 R12GS I finally settled on the Phillips MotoVison bulbs, inexpensive and built for motorcycles.
This! Running Philips H7 MotoVision on my '05 R1200GS. 15 bucks at Amazon.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:14 AM   #9
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:39 AM   #10
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This! Running Philips H7 MotoVision on my '05 R1200GS. 15 bucks at Amazon.
Just bought Philips H7 MotoVision on E-Bay. Does it have any different color / brightness? Thanks.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:50 AM   #11
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Just bought Philips H7 MotoVision on E-Bay. Does it have any different color / brightness? Thanks.
They have a reddish glare to them, making them stick out a little so other motorists can see you better.
They also have 40% more output in the white light spectrum. The beam travels about 50 feet longer as the OEM bulb.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #12
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They have a reddish glare to them, making them stick out a little so other motorists can see you better.
They also have 40% more output in the white light spectrum. The beam travels about 50 feet longer as the OEM bulb.
That's about 3/4 of a second at 65MPH. At that rate, you have likely already bumped Bambi and are skidding down the pavement, leaving a trail of sparks, skin, clothing, bone fragments and motorcycle parts. Go HID if you ride at night.

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Old 09-24-2013, 02:41 PM   #13
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When you can buy a quality HID for $30, why bother with a $10 halogen that'll burn out at least once a year?

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Old 09-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #14
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When you can buy a quality HID for $30, why bother with a $10 halogen that'll burn out at least once a year?

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...rcycle-HID-Kit
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:46 PM   #15
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HID would be nice.... Unfortunately VERY illegal here in Krautland...


EDT: inquiring minds want to know what the best color/temperature would be. 5000K or 6000K?
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