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Old 08-12-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Anybody Changed A BMW C650GT Headlight Bulb?

After nearly 8k miles, my low beam bulb died. I think it shook to death over the "streets" of New Orleans. Any way, I checked the owners manual and it said to remove the right side panel to gain access to the bulb. Removed the panel and the battery and multiple fuse blocks are in the way. Removed the battery but couldn't see how to remove the battery box and fuse blocks. Called the dealership and the service manual calls for the entire front end to be disassembled for access. I'm not going to pay 2-3 hrs of shop time to change a stupid bulb. Anybody know a better way to gain access?
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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After nearly 8k miles, my low beam bulb died. I think it shook to death over the "streets" of New Orleans. Any way, I checked the owners manual and it said to remove the right side panel to gain access to the bulb. Removed the panel and the battery and multiple fuse blocks are in the way. Removed the battery but couldn't see how to remove the battery box and fuse blocks. Called the dealership and the service manual calls for the entire front end to be disassembled for access. I'm not going to pay 2-3 hrs of shop time to change a stupid bulb. Anybody know a better way to gain access?
Tell your dealer to replace the bulb under warranty? That's the best way to gain access. If you are still in Louisiana, come to Baton Rouge. These guys can gain access...

http://www.bmwmotorcyclesofbatonrouge.net/

Why would you pay shop time to fix a BMW scooter that's less than a year old?

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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I don't imagine a bulb is a warrenty item.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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I don't imagine a bulb is a warrenty item.
Really, in a $12K scooter less than a year old? My 2007 Silverwing doing fine with the original factory bulb.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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After nearly 8k miles, my low beam bulb died. I think it shook to death over the "streets" of New Orleans. Any way, I checked the owners manual and it said to remove the right side panel to gain access to the bulb. Removed the panel and the battery and multiple fuse blocks are in the way. Removed the battery but couldn't see how to remove the battery box and fuse blocks. Called the dealership and the service manual calls for the entire front end to be disassembled for access. I'm not going to pay 2-3 hrs of shop time to change a stupid bulb. Anybody know a better way to gain access?
For a bulb???
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:19 PM   #9
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Can you post a picture of what you see after removing the right side panel? I have minimal experience with the 650GT (don't have Pop's here for reference) but it has many similarities w/ my GSA. Replacement should not be all that tough... only akward Post a pic & I'll try to help.

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After nearly 8k miles, my low beam bulb died. I think it shook to death over the "streets" of New Orleans. Any way, I checked the owners manual and it said to remove the right side panel to gain access to the bulb. Removed the panel and the battery and multiple fuse blocks are in the way. Removed the battery but couldn't see how to remove the battery box and fuse blocks. Called the dealership and the service manual calls for the entire front end to be disassembled for access. I'm not going to pay 2-3 hrs of shop time to change a stupid bulb. Anybody know a better way to gain access?
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:52 PM   #10
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Can you post a picture of what you see after removing the right side panel? I have minimal experience with the 650GT (don't have Pop's here for reference) but it has many similarities w/ my GSA. Replacement should not be all that tough... only akward Post a pic & I'll try to help.
Sorry it took me so long to update this thread but life has been getting in the way. After speaking with the customer service rep, I got a follow-up call from a tech services rep. After reviewing the shop manual, they tinkered around with a GT and came up with an alternate procedure that doesn't call for disassembling the entire front of the bike. It was supposed to be a 20 minute service but it took me 45 since it was my first try, plus I got everything buttoned back up before realizing I hadn't replaced the rubber socket cover and had to pull it all apart again. Thankfully it can all be done with a T-25 torx head driver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

1. Remove the right side panel


2. Disconnect and remove the battery
3. Remove the 2 screws holding the battery box (bottom left side and top right back?


4. Cut 2 zip ties on back of battery box
5. move the box out of the way


6.If your arm is small and limber enough, you can gain access to the rear of the headlight socket
7. *** Bonus good news, the instrument panel retains it's memory so you don't have to reset the clock after reconnecting the battery.
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