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Old 02-26-2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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R1150GS headlight on... like.. always on

hello everyone,

I am still getting familiar with my new-to-me 2001 R1150GS. What I noticed is that there is no way to switch the headlight off.

On my previous 1200GS the headlight would not come up unless the engine was running, I would only have the little parking light on with just the ignition key on.

On the 1150 the low beam (and is I switch it on even the high beam) comes up as soon as I turn the key.

I noticed some 1150s have and headlight switch on the tight hand side which is missing from mine.

Question is... is the 1150 supposed to behave like a 1200 and turn the headlight on only after the engine is running or mine is behaving as per BMW's design?

Being 13 years old with an HID kit I wouldn't be surprised if someone played around with the wiring and got to this...
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:41 AM   #2
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No, the 1150 headlight is always on.

Headlight switch on the right hand side? Post a picture of it please.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:42 AM   #3
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Beats me!

2001 R1150R and 2002 R1150GSA.

Both have the (different headlight style) lights come on with the ignition key.

Both have lights go out with starter engaged.

Both have lights come back on when engine starts.

It's a BMW (and lots of other breeds) thing to allow full current to go to the starter on start.

Can't see why yours is different, unless the previous owner did some wiring changes. They might have hard-wired the HID as it can cause other things to shut-down on start due to the high start draw. HID can do funny things on some bikes. I have a Victory with a HID kit, and some guys have said it kills the radio on start, but mine doesn't.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:50 AM   #4
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Thanks that makes sense..

This is the switch I was referring to, apparently it is the 'european' version.. I wish they put that on all models!

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=1458
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:54 AM   #5
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Thanks that makes sense..

This is the switch I was referring to, apparently it is the 'european' version.. I wish they put that on all models!

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=1458
don't have it on mine and I live in france having a german 1150gsa from 06
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:04 PM   #6
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The 2001 GS uses a load shed relay to drop the headlight when spinning the starter. The headlight current is controlled through the ignition switch. If the switch is in the run position, you have voltage to the headlight.

BTW, the headlight circuit is not fused.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:42 PM   #7
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2002 1150ADV with headlight swith

I have an 02 GSA with the Euro headlight switch.. But my old 04 GSA did not have it..
It's kind of nice to have the switch..
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:25 PM   #8
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They passed a law so that every bike after 2003 in the EU had to have 'continuous lighting' (ie. no way to turn them off). My 2000 R1150GS has a light switch but my 2003 R1100S has continuous lighting.

With continuous lighting, the BMWs have a relay which turns the lights off while the starter button is pressed so that it doesn't draw current away from the battery while starting.
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