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Old 09-13-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Help!! Tail light error

Suited up, headed out for a few days--

Got a tail light error light, but the bulb look fine. No recent issues, I did spray it off 3 days ago

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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Suited up, headed out for a few days--

Got a tail light error light, but the bulb look fine. No recent issues, I did spray it off 3 days ago

Thoughts?

"06 GS 1200
Replace the bulb. It's a two filament bulb, and one has burned out. However, the bike is smart enough to run less current through the one remaining filament for the running light function, and more for the brake light function (when needed), so it looks good still.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #3
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Replace the bulb. It's a two filament bulb, and one has burned out. However, the bike is smart enough to run less current through the one remaining filament for the running light function, and more for the brake light function (when needed), so it looks good still.
Puled it and both wires looked fine
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:15 AM   #4
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Replace the bulb. These are CHEAP.

Then you can rule out your VISUAL indication that 'it's good'. Maybe not.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:18 AM   #5
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You may have got water in the connector while washing it down.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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Some of the tail light sockets on the R1200GS have issues. Your's might be no longer tight and the bulb not making full contact. Often changing what appears to be a good bulb fixes it. Though that will be temporary if your socket is loose.

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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I noticed years ago that my rear taillight socket was a bit, well...intermittent. The brake lamp would illuminate only sometimes. So, I examined things carefully having nothing but time on my hands. What I found was the OE tail lamp bulb had worn solder contacts at the bottom of the lamp. So, I got out my soldering iron and added a nice round dab of solder to equal the contacts on the lamp. Worked fine. Then, about 3 years later, I noticed the same intermittent brake lamp issue. So, I ordered an LED tail lamp/brake lamp combination. Also, I ordered an LED replacement for the little EU parking lamp used in the high beam reflector. I chose a blue LED for the front parking lamp.

It should be noted, I have replaced only tires, one fuse, one low beam headlamp bulb, the rear brake rotor and front and rear brake pads on the bike since new. The LEDs were an extravagance that I now regret inasmuch as the OE lamps were still operating....what a waste!

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Old 09-13-2012, 02:33 PM   #8
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I broke a tailight lens and bulb last year. Replaced the lens thanks to the ADV flea market.
Was told that the tailight was not working a couple of weeks ago and found the whole thing had melted the plastic bulb housing. WTF. Luckily had the spare assembly and carefully made sure the bulb was seated correctly when i reinstalled..
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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Bulb or dirty contacts. Mine throws an error about every 8 months. Clean the socket/contacts, and it's fine for another 8 months. Once, it was the bulb.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:52 PM   #10
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Update:
Bulb seemed fine (looked cleaned, lubed, etc.) Error stayed. no matter what I tried. Both wires glowing.

ALtered plans to swing past the dealer in SLC (Autozone gave me this )
- 20 miles up teh road the error message went away. Still ran through the dealer and got a spare (prehaps an early warning).

300 mi later I'm here in the mecca of Vernal, bulb fine.


BTW I did a wire wiggle/inspection with no problems noted


Anyway-- many thanks as always
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:19 PM   #11
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I ordered an LED replacement for the little EU parking lamp used in the high beam reflector. I chose a blue LED for the front parking lamp.
Where did you order the LED replacement for the front parking lamp??




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Old 10-09-2012, 07:22 AM   #12
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Been having the same issue with mine.. Bulb looks fine, lights up, but getting LAMPR! on the display sometimes..

Bought a new bulb... same issues..

Ordered the Wunderlich LED tail light. Had it on my wishlist anyway... this just made me get it sooner.
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