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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?

2K posts, Boom!

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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, 08:41 PM   #7
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Is oil or tires covered?
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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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Is oil or tires covered?
No, oil and tires are not covered. Clearly you want to argue a point. Have at it. Where is the OP here, huh? You really believe a BMW dealer is going to charge 2 to 3 hours shop time to replace a bad bulb on a 8 month old scooter? I'll call my shop in the morning and find out. You want to do the same?

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Is oil or tires covered?
Well, learn something new every day, you sir are correct.

http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/...sStatement.pdf

Sucks though that you would have to pay for that repair on a very expensive scooter that's nearly new. Now I'm really glad I passed on buying one.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:16 PM   #11
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Seriously, is there no way to get to the rear of the headlights from either up top or underneath round the front forks area? The latter might require one to get down on the ground, and look up to the underside of the front in by the forks. Insert a hand up there and do some exploring... might find the rear of the headlight using such a method. It's worked for me in the past.

I'd find it unbelievable that there isn't some other method to get to the headlights to swap out a bulb on the fly without removing the tupperware!
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I messaged the BMW Motorrad USA Facebook page yesterday. I got a response about an hour ago saying a customer relations rep would contact me. There was enough detail in the response to let me know it wasn't a robo-response. We'll see what happens.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #13
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Just got a follow up phone call from the customer relations rep. They're talking with the dealership about how to make this as painless as possible. We'll see.
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No, oil and tires are not covered. Clearly you want to argue a point. Have at it. Where is the OP here, huh? You really believe a BMW dealer is going to charge 2 to 3 hours shop time to replace a bad bulb on a 8 month old scooter? I'll call my shop in the morning and find out. You want to do the same?
Certainly not trying to argue.
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Well, learn something new every day, you sir are correct.

http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/...sStatement.pdf

Sucks though that you would have to pay for that repair on a very expensive scooter that's nearly new. Now I'm really glad I passed on buying one.
How do you feel about BMW of Baton Rouge now ?
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