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Old 01-30-2014, 10:46 PM   #16
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Maybe a better way to think of the headlight issue is that on low beam the light pattern should not be able to shine into the eyes of an oncoming motorist. If you shine your light on a garage door you will see the shape of the light pattern. If you wheel the bike backwards you should see the line drop.

If the pattern shines upwards (and/or) to the right you will have problems getting a cert/wof in NZ.

Some vehicles influence the beam pattern by the shape of the lens. Others have little metal shapes that act like shields. Like my ktm. Some lights even have coatings on the bulbs themselves.

My ktm was actually UK (Left hand drive) model, but had euro pattern (right hand) lights. It passed certification (they didn't notice) but it failed on my next wof inspection. The lights are a sealed unit, but I managed to cut my light open and twist the housing enough to adjust the cut-off pattern just enough to squeak through.

You can see the shape of my light pattern (once I fixed it) in this post here:

From the centre of the pattern to the right it's flat. (Points at 3 o'clock). From the centre of the pattern to the left it slopes up. (Points at 10 o'clock). If your light does the opposite ie slopes up to 2 o'clock. You'll need to do something about it.

I agree with Clint, check it before you get too worried.

If you do need to replace your lens, you might find it easier to do in NZ. You can probably get one from a wrecker. Swapping a headlight shouldn't be a big deal. You can probably do it with the standard tool kit on your bike. If you got a bike shop to do it i'd expect it to take about an hour so $60-100.

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