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    Headlight burned out?

    C600 Sport, less than 1K miles: I start my scooter and the indicator on the dash says that my headlight is out. I confirm this visually and sure enough - no headlight. I contact my awesome dealer and they say that they will add a headlight bulb change to my initial service.
    The next time I start my scooter, no indication as before and the headlight works just fine. I've ridden it a couple times since and still no repeat.

    Gremlins?
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    Definitely weird; I had mine go out around 7,500 miles. Kind of a pain to replace but fortunately my arms are long enough and my hands small enough to do it without taking half the bike apart.

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    Bulb not properly seated in the socket? I've seen stranger things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Tee Jay View Post
    C600 Sport, less than 1K miles: I start my scooter and the indicator on the dash says that my headlight is out. I confirm this visually and sure enough - no headlight. I contact my awesome dealer and they say that they will add a headlight bulb change to my initial service.
    The next time I start my scooter, no indication as before and the headlight works just fine. I've ridden it a couple times since and still no repeat.

    Gremlins?
    Could be a short. I've had that happen on my Vespa. Light out, then hit a pothole and light back on. Found out the socket had melted a bit and caused a short and light would come on and off with vibrations. I've also seen the same on car headlights. It will probably go out permanently soon.

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    Got it figured out. About 50% of the time when I start my Sport, the low beam doesn't work. But if I cycle the ignition and try it again, all is well.

    And I always thought that leaving the headlights ON was hard on the battery - ha!
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    My dealer sent a request to corporate and has received a troubleshooting guide to assist in resolving this issue. I will see if I can obtain that data so that we might all share in their wisdom.
    I'm beginning to wonder if maybe the head of BMW engineering shouldn't take a trip to Japan!
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    UPDATE
    I have only had the low beam headlight fail to come on once in the past 100+ starts and again, cycle the ignition and it works fine.
    I told my dealer that, having been an electronics technician all my life, I understand how difficult it is to troubleshoot something that is intermittent. "We" will keep an eye on the problem - and at least it is documented.
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    I realize the current configuration is standard fare with many bikes, but, personally I would prefer two on low beam with high beams from both. TJ, since you are in the middle of this headlight thing and know a thing or two about the electronics, have you thought about two low/two high and if so how involved do you think?

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    Just had my second low-beam headlamp go out at 12k miles (first replaced at 7,500 miles). I've replaced the lamp on my BV250 one time in 31k miles! Am I cursed?!?

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    What brand are the bulbs, Osrams?

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