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post #1 of 11 Old Jul 17th, 2012, 4:43 pm Thread Starter
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I recently posted an article about upgrading to HID's or after market bulbs like the Phillips extreme. The unanimous opinion was HID are far superior. However to confuse matters I have seen various articles that state they may not be legal in the UK and an MOT failure. Have any of you got HID's and passed an MOT with them?
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post #2 of 11 Old Jul 17th, 2012, 5:08 pm
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There have been a couple of discussions on this topic over on f800riders.org. There are a lot of UK-based 800 riders active on that board.

One, Pat H, is very active and mentioned that when he went in for his MOT he would just pop out the HID bulb and reinstall his OEM. He said that he had never been stopped or questioned by the authorities.

http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...s-the-question...
http://f800riders.org/forum/showthread.php/36119


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post #3 of 11 Old Jul 17th, 2012, 5:13 pm
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There you go ignoring the Colonies again

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post #4 of 11 Old Jul 18th, 2012, 3:24 am
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I've had 2 MOTs from 2 different test centres and the HIDs were not mentioned - and the bike passed BTW.
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I understand that they are illegal (as a retrofit) in all EU countries. But its easy enough to plug the old bulb back in for the MOT or similar European inspections. BTW same in the US but enforcement is minimal.

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IBut its easy enough to plug the old bulb back in for the MOT or similar European inspections.
Not on a 1200RT it isn't
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post #7 of 11 Old Jul 20th, 2012, 10:52 am
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There you go ignoring the Colonies again
Doug, Do you know what he is talking about with the "MOT" we have to suffer in the UK???... If you still don't have this sort of thing swelling the Goverments coffers at the expence of the motorist "Enjoy it"!!..
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post #8 of 11 Old Jul 21st, 2012, 3:44 pm
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No problems with my HID conversion I've had the bike through two MOTs with no problem.
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post #9 of 11 Old Aug 10th, 2012, 6:59 pm
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Likewise - I have HID on my low beam, an upgraded High Beam halogen bulb and LED daylight running lights at the front and had no issues on the last three MOT's - as long as the alignment is as it should be you should have no issues....
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Setp-daughter's husband is an MOT tester - his words of wisdom are that they check alignment (and that it works) and that's it

That's it

My 99 breezed its MOTs as did the 05 with HID dip and main

My 08 GT has OEM dip and after market mains - its passed on every occasion

This verging on anti-HID hits the BMW Club every now and again and to me, its nothing but scare mongering by people who verge on Luddite attitudes, where they enjoy telling people what they can and can't do - just my view from the bunker

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Hi all,
Yes I have HID dipped beam as well as high beam and my StarShip has passed her MOT test for the last two years since installing the HID units.

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