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post #1 of 22 Old Aug 12th, 2008, 10:15 am Thread Starter
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Motolight failures?

To be mounted on an 06 K1200LT...I have been trying to decide on whether to go with the PIAA lights mounted under the headlight or with the Motolights mounted on the caliper. I really like the triangulation of the Motolights, but have been told by one person at my dealer that they have a high bulb failure rate due to the mount location. I can see where they are going to get more shake, rattle and roll than the PIAA lights. Can anyone else confirm this? I like the lights, but don't want to be changing bulbs every other month either! Thanks

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post #2 of 22 Old Aug 12th, 2008, 10:26 am
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To be mounted on an 06 K1200LT...I have been trying to decide on whether to go with the PIAA lights mounted under the headlight or with the Motolights mounted on the caliper. I really like the triangulation of the Motolights, but have been told by one person at my dealer that they have a high bulb failure rate due to the mount location. I can see where they are going to get more shake, rattle and roll than the PIAA lights. Can anyone else confirm this? I like the lights, but don't want to be changing bulbs every other month either! Thanks
My Motolights have been lower fork mounted since '99. Had one side fail in '01, cuz I ran the wire too dang tight - my fault. No problems since then. I like 'em on the low placement. M2CW. Plus, doesn't Tina and crew provide a pretty good guarantee?
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They replace bulbs that burn out in normal usage for free (well, shipping & handling) to the original owner forever.
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Re: Motolight failures?

Motolight had a batch (so I was told) of bad leads (wires) that failed at the connection at the ceramic plug where the bulb is plugged in. I had to replace both of mine and so did another rider here just recently with the exact same failure. I have had only one bulb burn out in the four years of using my Motolights. It is a really good product and their service is good.


FYI - you can purchase the replacement bulbs (the exact same bulbs) on line cheaper than you can get FREE bulbs from Motolight. Buy 12 and it works out to $1.80 each with shipping.

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Re: Motolight failures?

Thanks for the replies. Looks like the Motolights are back on the table. Any good leads on where to purchase them? Thanks

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You can usually get a good set here in the classifieds or on Fleabay. I usually patrol the Advriders classifieds too!

New, you can try Cyclegadgets or Raffy.

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Re: Motolight failures?

I have the PIAAs mounted under the cowls and I have to replace the bulbs every 12-18 months, even with the habit of turning the lights off before starting the engine. $37.00 a pop, but I like their brightness.

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Motolights zero failures.

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Re: Motolight failures?

Motolights have a lifetime warranty no matter where you purchase them from. At CCR Brasselton I went to the motolight display and inquired about purchasing a wrench to change the bulbs, I told the tech I had purchased them off the net and didnt get the wrench, She handed me the wrench and when I offered to pay she replied "NOCHARGE!" I reminded her that I purchased them used on the net. She replied no problem still free.

I have had two problems with lights, one bulb burned out went to Lowes and bought two bulbs for $3.00, and I had a wire break, my fault, it was too tight and the movement of the forks caused a break. I repaired them no problem.

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I have had motolights for several months now. One burned out, so I went to A&S to buy a pair (I always replace bulbs in pairs, when applicable).

Motolight lifetime guarantee extends to dealers. A&S gave me two, at no charge. I was surprised - I didn't realize that I would never have to buy bulbs again! As a bonus, I didn't have to go through Motolight (and related shipping hassles) to get the replacements.

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Re: Motolight failures?

The PIAA 1100X lights I had on my LT and on my RS SUCKED. They burnt out all the time, and the replacements were $35.


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Every year and a half or so I have to replace my PIAA 1100x bulbs. I consider this the price of safety and I am OK with this, JM2CW. Also the original cost of the lights was quite a bit less than that of the Motolites.
With that said, to each his/her own.

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Re: Motolight failures?

Motolight now has a model just for BMW bikes that mounts under the fender just like PIAA's. That will probably address the shaking you mention. And they warrant the bulbs for life to the original owner.
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Re: Motolight failures?

Has anyone had any experience with the just released fairing-mounted Motolight designed specifically for the K1200LT? It's prominantly advertised on the Motolight website Home Page.

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Re: Motolight failures?

I had both of the wiring leads (at the ceramic plug) where the light plugs into the system go bad - at the rear of the plug. Motorlight rep said that they had a batch of bad leads and replaced them for a small shipping charge, which I thought was fair. The bulbs Motolight uses is a 9 degree (narrow beam). I have found no local source for this particular bulb - but I did find the exact same one on line for a good price.

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Has anyone seen the new lights that Motolight has that mount to the fairing? I saw this pic on their website - www.motolight.com - and in a magazine writeup, and am curious if anyone has seen them on a bike yet.
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Re: Motolight failures?

Not really meaning to hijack this thread here.

BUT I bought my '02 K1200LTE In October and it already had motolights on it from the previous owner (Thank You). Since then, 2 HD Ultra Classics in my Blue Knights Chapter have gottent the caliper motolights!

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40,000 miles, two bikes, 4 years and I just lost my first bulb. I use the 50w upgrade and love them.

Well worth the money.

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2001 LT purchased in August 2000.
94000 miles.
MotoLights on the forks (7+ years old)
PIAA 1100Xs in the cowling under the fairing (6+ years old)

Replaced 4 x MotoLight bulbs (free from MotoLight)

Replaced 2 X PIAA 1100X bulbs

Stop by the MotoLight semi at the rallies.
They'll give you replacement bulbs, free.

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I have the PIAAs mounted under the cowls and I have to replace the bulbs every 12-18 months, even with the habit of turning the lights off before starting the engine. $37.00 a pop, but I like their brightness.
Ditto. Sometimes they don't even last 12 months. I finally took them off because when I had the bike inspected and didn't know one was out, it failed the state inspection. All mounted lights must be in working order. From the sounds of this thread, I may take a look at the motolights.
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Re: Motolight failures?

I will add that I have had MotoLights on all my bikes for the last 6 or more years without a failure. Well, there was that one removed by a deer last year, but I wouldn't consider that a 'failure'

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Re: Motolight failures?

I have a set of caliper mounts on my LT. 2 bulbs out in 3 years. Motolight replaced them free. Last month I changed out to the amber bulbs. Motolight will not replace the amber ones for free.

On the way back from CCR last year I had one of the motolights knocked off when I hit a coyote. It broke the mount and bulb. Cost $75 to replace the mount, the bulb was free.

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