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Old 05-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Question Low Beam life on 2010 GS 1200

Anybody blowing low beam lights with scary regularity? At 6200 miles I replaced my first, at 12,400 my second and this morning at 18,300 my third! Most miles on street (75/25) and no, I didn't touch bulbs.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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Anybody blowing low beam lights with scary regularity? At 6200 miles I replaced my first, at 12,400 my second and this morning at 18,300 my third! Most miles on street (75/25) and no, I didn't touch bulbs.
HID retrofit is your solution.

Not quite legal, not a good pattern. But: higher brightness and extremely long life. All my bikes have low beam retrofitted because of the bulb lifetime concerns. I did not do high beams, because I like to flash them as a warning and the HIDs do not come on fast enough. Also, high beam halogens seem to last a long time anyway.


There are many pictorial threads with instructions on how to install HIDs, just search the forum. Or: Let Me Google That For You.

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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Mine eats them..some do and some don't..doesn't matter if they are good bulbs or wal-mart...several threads on subject on this forum.

As to HID... from a recent LARGE player in the aftermarket off road industry...HID is past tech, manufacturer's have had it with ballast warranties..LED is where we are developing product.

I have friends that have had great luck with HID and others that have pulled it out in 6 months..
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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Seems to be a common issue, not sure why. I went with HID and the bulbs last forever, but decided after awhile that the unfocused beam was just too annoying to oncoming vehicles so I removed the low beam and went back to halogen. The other annoying thing is that the spring clip is very fragile and typically will break after a few replacements if not sooner. Luckily there are numerous fixes documented here...I simply added a washer.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #5
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The other annoying thing is that the spring clip is very fragile and typically will break after a few replacements if not sooner. Luckily there are numerous fixes documented here...I simply added a washer.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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During my trip to TX a few weeks ago my buddy fired up his 2012 GS Rallye and saw the front lamp fail light come on. I verified his low beam was out and asked "how many miles on your bike?". He said "6,512" and I said "yep, right on time and welcome to the club".

Like rdwalker said, HIDs are the solution to a steady diet of low beam bulbs on these bikes. About 90k miles now on my HID bulbs after replacing a couple of halogen low beams and looking for something better.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:53 PM   #7
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Just caught this thread while surfing by.

The 650/800GS Twins go through a lot of bulbs also. Sometimes the HID ballast messes with the Canbus and makes it do weird things.

Yup, welcome to the club.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #8
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Just replaced the second H7 in my '12 GSA at 14K miles. I always carry a spare as my '07 did the same. It's my understanding that the H7 bulb just has a short life. At least they are easy to change.

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Thanks for the reply's. I didn't know how common and consistent the service life of these bulbs were. I'll stick with the $15 easy fix.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #10
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The low beam light on my '09 GS died three times in just under 27K miles. Switched to HID last fall, went past 11K miles this weekend with the HID and it is going strong. Wish I had made the switch earlier. Best $50 (give or take a few) I ever spent.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:05 PM   #11
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LED headlights are beginning to show up on autos mas well as motorcycles. But, I'm not yet a fan of LEDs. They are still new and while wavelength is well controlled and LED rise time is very fast, the cost per lumen is high and headlamp optics are somewhat complex. But, don't hesitate to use LEDs in tail/brake applications as well as turn signals and instrument lighting.

HID headlights still have some life and the price is right.

Incandescent and halogen lamps are blasé.



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LED headlights are beginning to show up on autos mas well as motorcycles. But, I'm not yet a fan of LEDs. They are still new and while wavelength is well controlled and LED rise time is very fast, the cost per lumen is high and headlamp optics are somewhat complex. But, don't hesitate to use LEDs in tail/brake applications as well as turn signals and instrument lighting.

HID headlights still have some life and the price is right.

Incandescent and halogen lamps are blasé.



So, to restate, you are blasé about LED's and you feel that incandescent (heated filament) bulbs are passé.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:04 AM   #13
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Was buying some dual sport stuff yesterday from TrailTech..bs'ing with the guy about some new LED's they had....they are backing out of HID as well...


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Old 05-07-2013, 08:08 AM   #14
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You guys must be doing something wrong

I get almost exactly 12,000 miles out of a bulb. What makes it worse is the shitty light housing that gets brittle and breaks apart causing the bail to fall off.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:33 AM   #15
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Mine burned out yesterday. That was either #2 or #3. I'll be replacing it tonight.
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