Re: Replacing low beam bulb on 1200RT LC
I replaced my low beam bulb yesterday in the driveway, as I had gotten the RT out and was ready for a ride, but the warning light reminded me ....bulb out!
My actions were-
Up on center stand, forks front, approached RT from front, reached in under headlight area, found the plastic finned cover, twist and remove.
I thought it would be important to lay this black plastic finned cover in a position on the ground that I could duplicate installing it.....but I found it was unimportant. To me, it seemed I needed to roll it around, on reinstall, until the appropriate ears engaged and it installed just fine.
So cover Off!
Felt the plug, with its two wires off to the handbrake side, grabbed it firmly pulled it off. The wires are stiff enough to allow the plug to hang around the area in the same position, ready for reinstall.
So plug off!
At this point it was clear that trying to view any of this service from above was a waste of time and pointless. even tho I tried several times.
The spring wires, I was aware, needed to be pushed forward and out to the outsides.....and this is the difficult task! This has got to be done one wire at a time, and I found for me, I had to press the wire just above the end loop, which is not the best leverage and becomes painful if you are a newbie at this job. This job is done, again, blind by feel from the front. Both wires unhooked and you need to swing the wire up. Not 180 but out of the way, this tangles with the plug, figure it out.
So wires off!
Old bulb did not release! It took some finger prying to break it loose. But it did finally. Again blind from the front, but since you are looking at the headlight during this process you will see it release as you pull it out.
So bulb out!
Install new bulb by holding the new bulb by the two rear tabs, no touchy glass.
Install is reverse, wires first, then plug , then black plastic cap. Again all done by feel. The wire clip pressings on this portion of the task was the most painful for me, but once done you get the drill it works.
Warning light is out, goofy forward light symbol is out, right side high beam is out.....all working fine......go ride.
I have got Clearwater Ericas, so up grading the low beam would be pointless for me. I now need to order another spare low beam bub.
2016 R1200RT, 75 Mk3 Interstate & old British bikes
Last edited by tokig; Nov 11th, 2016 at 7:44 am.