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Replacing Headlight Bulbs. How?

One disadvantage to buying a relatively new to the (USA) market is the scarcity of helpful maintenance info available. Virtually No YouTube videos, etc.

I'd like to replace the standard headlight bulbs with better ones, but I'll be doggone if I can figure out the best way, or any practical way to get to the bulbs on this '17 V1. The owner's manual has no info (or maybe I'm blind and missed it) and I can't find any help as to what needs to be disassembled or how to do that either.

Does anyone here have suggestions, or a link to the information...short of buying a very expensive factory service manual?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2017, 10:52 PM
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Page 16-57 Service manual V1000 2015, will be the same, it should also be in your owners manual but I didn't look there. Go to the How To forum, look under the stickies at the top of the page Sticky: Service & Owners Manuals MK-1,MK-2,MK-3

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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PM'd you a link that will help....The bulbs on the V-1000 are in the front fairing so you will have to take the side fairings and front fairing off.It will look something like this when you're done.... .Easier than it looks i've taken my apart about 6 times now.




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First off...I am lazy. Very lazy. It's my trademark

The last thing I wanted to do was disassemble bodywork to change the headlight bulbs.

By turning the forks all the way towards the bulb being worked on, I was able to reach in from the bottom and change out both bulbs (with Phillips Extreme Vision bulbs). The hardest thing was unsnapping the wire catch to release the bulb. Probably took at least a half hour for both. I could do both in 10 minutes or less now.

I've used Sylvania Silverstars in several cars and really like them. The Phillips version appears to be as good (and less $). Where the whiter light is most helpful is on a cloudy night with wet pavement, but it's a welcome upgrade under any conditions.

As to bulb life, I'm not concerned with that. They're affordable and relatively simple to change out.
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First off...I am lazy. Very lazy. It's my trademark

The last thing I wanted to do was disassemble bodywork to change the headlight bulbs.

By turning the forks all the way towards the bulb being worked on, I was able to reach in from the bottom and change out both bulbs (with Phillips Extreme Vision bulbs). The hardest thing was unsnapping the wire catch to release the bulb. Probably took at least a half hour for both. I could do both in 10 minutes or less now.

I've used Sylvania Silverstars in several cars and really like them. The Phillips version appears to be as good (and less $). Where the whiter light is most helpful is on a cloudy night with wet pavement, but it's a welcome upgrade under any conditions.

As to bulb life, I'm not concerned with that. They're affordable and relatively simple to change out.
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You can easily change the bulbs by moving the steering.
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First off...I am lazy. Very lazy. It's my trademark

The last thing I wanted to do was disassemble bodywork to change the headlight bulbs.

By turning the forks all the way towards the bulb being worked on, I was able to reach in from the bottom and change out both bulbs (with Phillips Extreme Vision bulbs).
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Hey @dannyboy could you send a picture? I would like to see how much bright they are!
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