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« on: April 25, 2012, 03:22:42 PM »

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My low beams both work.  When I switch to high beams both go out?  Opinions please...

1.  A bulb burned out?
2.  Switch bad?



Before I bought either just wanted to hear what you think I should try?  The bulbs I use are $55 each.  The switch is assembly is $112.

Or should I take apart the switch assembly and see if contact is dirty or etc?

Thanks for opinions in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 04:23:55 PM »

 I would check the plugs on the lamps with a voltage meter before I did anything. You can get a simple 12 volt probe with a light in it for less than $10 at any auto parts store
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 06:27:27 PM »

Good idea, I think we actually have one of those.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 06:35:50 PM »

While it is possible that both bulbs are burned out there are a couple of quick things you can quickly check. 

One is to hit the flash to pass switch on the left grip and see if the high beams come on.  If so then the bulbs are good and the wiring to the bulbs is good.  Next check the wires that plug into the dimmer switch on the left grip.  Several folks have reported these wires working loose.

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 06:38:35 PM »

The bulbs do not come on when I hit the flash to pass.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 07:44:46 PM »

That indicates either the bulbs are burned out or there is a problem with the wiring going down to the bulbs.  The flash to pass is on a different circuit than the dimmer switch so if the highs do not come on when it is hit then the problem is fairly close to the bulbs.  I would suspect that both high beams are burned out but I would do as KB.Bear suggested and check to see if there is current getting to the plugs before I bought new bulbs. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 07:52:16 PM »

BTW, remembering the flash to pass is on a different circuit is a good thing.  If you are out after dark and your lights quit functioning that might be a way to get you back home.  Neal road his home that way one night.  The next day he checked everything out and the problem turned out to be in the light interrupt function built into the starter switch that turns off the lights when you are cranking the bike. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012, 08:00:14 PM »

Cool thanks Craig & KB!!  I will work on that this weekend.

I normally ride my high beams on at all times during the day so I could see them burning out fast.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 08:49:45 PM »

I am just guessing from experience and if the following is true, that when on high beam the low beams normal go off on a Burgman 650, then the high beam bulb has most likely failed. It is also possible that if the low beams normally stay on with the high beam that the circuit is designed in a way that if the high beam fails the low beams also do not work when high beam is selected to ensure you realize the high beam bulb has bit the dust. If so the owner's manual should say something. Once removed it is usually not difficult to tell that a bulb has failed, if not blackened there will more than likely be little bits of loose element wire floating around inside the bulb.
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 09:24:49 PM »

Who came up with that bright idea deserves some sort of engineering award.

Preferably awarded with the help of a big stick  .     
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 11:10:28 PM »

Finally got my headlamps today, I will report when installed.
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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2012, 11:45:44 PM »

Finally got my headlamps today, I will report when installed.
Looks like there are some posts missing.
Did you finally discover the bulbs bad?
Did you order stock replacements?

I usually don't run with my high beams
on during the day because the SWing
has a high-beam flasher that is rather
obnoxious.  So I reserve use for when
there is traffic that could benefit from
seeing my flasher coming.  Personal
choice...
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2012, 11:59:05 PM »

I have not had the time to replace the headlamps yet.  I got them today and Pete and I will probably change tomorrow morning.

I did not have stock ones before I think I had Sylvania Silverlight, I forgot what I got today but they were $60 for the two.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2012, 01:37:11 PM »

Welp that is what it was.  Both lights burned out at same time.  So strange!  Not that I am complaining.  Got the new bulbs in last night as well as a new cord run for my iPhone into my glove box.

The new bulbs I got are the Silverstar ZXE. 

http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/products/automotive/Pages/silverstar-zxe.aspx
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2012, 11:35:12 PM »

Maggie -

No heat problems with those Silverstars? I use them in my truck and they are much better than OE.

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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2012, 03:37:04 AM »

So far so good Mo Mule!
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