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Old 16th October 2014, 03:07 PM
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Default Dipped Beams not working

Already a week and i've managed to break something on my poor RVF.

Dipped beams not working, High beams and indicators all good.
One thing i hate dealing with is electrics...last time i got a bulb replaced on my GN 125 the feckers put in a bulb which was too powerful and caused all sorts of problems that i still dont understand.


If its not a simple fix (bulb blown/fuse) is this mega money to get fixed?
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Old 16th October 2014, 03:09 PM
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Default Re: Dipped Beams not working

More than likely just a bulb(s).
Try it before thinking the worst,just replace with the same as you take out.
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Old 16th October 2014, 04:12 PM
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And dont touch the glass!!
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Old 16th October 2014, 04:29 PM
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Default Re: Dipped Beams not working

Could be as simple as just a blown bulb.
If your not sure about what you are doing get someone who knows to show you how to change the bulb(s)
Always use tissue paper or completely dry cloth and not bare skin on the glass portion of the bulb
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Old 16th October 2014, 04:38 PM
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Default Re: Dipped Beams not working

Originally Posted by KawasakiChick
Already a week and i've managed to break something on my poor RVF.

Dipped beams not working, High beams and indicators all good.
One thing i hate dealing with is electrics...last time i got a bulb replaced on my GN 125 the feckers put in a bulb which was too powerful and caused all sorts of problems that i still dont understand.


If its not a simple fix (bulb blown/fuse) is this mega money to get fixed?


Could be as simple as a bulb as said, only a few euro, not mega money.

A couple of simple steps to replace, unclipping part 1, then removal of part 2. Quite easy. Just take your time. The retaining clips that hold the bulb in, just dont let them spring out after you remove part 2.

Here's a thread from 2010

http://www.biker.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=108977

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and for anyone else, a jpg for headlight relay inspection :

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Old 16th October 2014, 04:41 PM
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Default Re: Dipped Beams not working

Can be a usual problem on the rvf where higher rated H4 bulbs are replaced instead of the Japanese H4R bulbs. 55/60W instead of the domestic 35/60W bulb. This causes extra current to go through the left hand switch and melt the plastic at the switch. Its an idea to check the bulb to see what rating it is.
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Old 16th October 2014, 07:00 PM
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I could give a quick look tomorrow evening if you don't get sorted before then Siobhan.
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Old 16th October 2014, 07:36 PM
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I could give a quick look tomorrow evening if you don't get sorted before then Siobhan.

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Old 16th October 2014, 09:20 PM
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you too Spillane
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Old 16th October 2014, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Cnut the Great
I could give a quick look tomorrow evening if you don't get sorted before then Siobhan.
And ask her to flash them i suppose
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Old 16th October 2014, 10:35 PM
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Oh he loves a nice set of headlights, our Frank.....
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Old 17th October 2014, 09:38 AM
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And ask her to flash them i suppose
Very good
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Old 17th October 2014, 10:09 AM
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Default Re: Dipped Beams not working

Originally Posted by davelr
Can be a usual problem on the rvf where higher rated H4 bulbs are replaced instead of the Japanese H4R bulbs. 55/60W instead of the domestic 35/60W bulb. This causes extra current to go through the left hand switch and melt the plastic at the switch. Its an idea to check the bulb to see what rating it is.
It takes a little work to do this but the K100 gets the same problem with the handlebar switches. Someone might do this for you as its not difficult.

Go on eBay and get ceramic bulb holders, to replace the plastic one. These are cheap and don't melt, usually come in pairs because they are sold for..... Then install a relay for the headlight. This is an electrically operated switch and means that the bulb current does not go through the handlebar switch, instead the bulb current goes from battery to relay to bulb. You will need a fuse of the supply from the battery to the relay. The only current to the switch is what is needed to activate the relay and is much much less than the original 35W. Of course this also means you could use a higher wattage bulb.....A relay can be got in most motor factors and there is bound to be room somewhere to install it. You may end up running new wires from the relay to the bulb holder if the original wires are a bit light.

This is a fix worth doing on any bike.
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