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Hi! I'm the proud owner of a 2002 1200LT. I purchased it last week and traded in my Honda VTX 1300C. It's definitely a different feel and size of bike, so taking a bit to get used to.

I have a tone of questions, and I'm hoping those of you with 1200LT riding experience can help me answer them.

First, there is a parking light inside the front headlight casing. When I start the bike, it goes out, but I don't see the normal headlight come on. I can turn on the high beam, but am I missing something for the low beam?

Next, the braking system pump runs when I engage the front brake lever, and I waited for a while to see if it would quit. It didn't, so just making sure this is not a brake issue, or just normal?

I'll start with those two questions for this thread and I'm sure I have more to ask soon.

Thanks in advance to everyone who replies.

Scott
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Hi! I'm the proud owner of a 2002 1200LT. I purchased it last week and traded in my Honda VTX 1300C. It's definitely a different feel and size of bike, so taking a bit to get used to.

I have a tone of questions, and I'm hoping those of you with 1200LT riding experience can help me answer them.

First, there is a parking light inside the front headlight casing. When I start the bike, it goes out, but I don't see the normal headlight come on. I can turn on the high beam, but am I missing something for the low beam?

Next, the braking system pump runs when I engage the front brake lever, and I waited for a while to see if it would quit. It didn't, so just making sure this is not a brake issue, or just normal?

I'll start with those two questions for this thread and I'm sure I have more to ask soon.

Thanks in advance to everyone who replies.

Scott
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The low beam should come on when the bike is running. Possible the low beam bulb is burned out. If I remember correctly the LT has two separate bulbs for low and high beam.

Brakes: These are servo assist brakes and the pump runs whenever a brake is active so this is normal.

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Re: New 1200LT Owner

Roy,

Thanks for the response!

Good to know about the brakes, and guess I'll have to figure out how in the world to get to the low beam bulb...should be a fun afternoon project.

Thanks again,

Scott
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Re: New 1200LT Owner

As long as the front or rear brakes (2002 has integral brakes) are applied, the servo assist pump will run. It's an issue if they run when no brakes are applied.

Yes the 2002 has two bulbs in the housing for low and high beam. If I'm thinking right, the little parking light bulb is on in mine even when running.

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Thanks for the reply!

Any idea how to get to the bulbs to replace them?
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I took this from the online manual, basically you just reach up inside the front cowling behind the headlight, and you will feel the "bail" wire retainer, pull that down, and the headlight covering comes out, just pop the light bulbs out, and put new ones in...pretty simple actually.
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Rich,

Doug through all the manuals and found the "replacing bulb" section. It did turn out to be pretty simple.

Now, would you recommend using just BMW OEM parts, or is it ok to use a Sylvania, etc., replacement bulb?

Thanks,

Scott
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Hi Scott & Welcome.

The low beam is an H7 mount. Now would be the perfect time to upgrade the low beam to HID - you can get these kits cheaply through ddmtuning.com. They have a slim ballast design for motorcycles.

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If you go with DDM I recommend getting the "car" kit as you will get TWO setups instead of one for only $10.00 more.

That means you have a complete spare setup in case the ballast or the bulb dies.

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If you go with DDM I recommend getting the "car" kit as you will get TWO setups instead of one for only $10.00 more.

That means you have a complete spare setup in case the ballast or the bulb dies.
They also have the twin pack motorcycle kit for $30 and the ballasts are smaller and easier to zip tie to a frame member.

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They also have the twin pack motorcycle kit for $30 and the ballasts are smaller and easier to zip tie to a frame member.
The photos on their site show the exact same ballast for a car or a bike.

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Re: New 1200LT Owner

It might seem a little difficult at first, but with the instructions on this site, replacing the low beam with a the HID light will be a major improvement to your LT. It won't take long and will light up the road at night.

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I use the Sylvania H7 ultra bright lamps in my 99 k1200 and I can see lots better than with the stock lamp that was installed in it. Welcome to the group
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The low beam isn't that hard to change. You'll look up under the fairing. 1999-2004.You'll see the black plastic cover and wire retainer that snaps over it to keep it on, and keep weather out. Just pull down on that retainer. I use a screw driver & pry back on the wire slightly & pull down and remove. Once that's done. You'll see the bulb. Disconnect the plug, and release the retainer springs that hold the bulb in place . When replacing the bulb. Be careful not to touch the glass.It literally took me 5 minutes.

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Re: New 1200LT Owner

Be careful when you pull the wire to release the cover. Don't dislodge it. It is real hard to find the holes that it goes into. Ask me how I know this. It can be done but it could be an afternoon project.

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Re: New 1200LT Owner

While you are there, in the headlight area, look for the brown wire. It has a tendency to weaken and it is your ground. It's easy to either replace or tighten.

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