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4 hands and an hour later...

...and replacement headlight bulbs were in and everything buttoned back up. What a PITA! I've read about people replacing them in 10 minutes without removing anything, but have no idea how one could do that.

I had to remove the fairings, the windscreen, the plastic from the instrument cluster that the windscreen attaches to, the silver ring around the headlight, and then of course the headlight assembly.

I got the old bulbs out fine, but after about 45 minutes of fumbling around trying to get the bulb lined up and the springy metal holder seated without the bulb coming unplugged I finally called my wife in for help. It still took two of us a good 10 minutes to get one bulb in. That rubber boot also didn't make it any easier...ugh...

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Seems the 07-09's were much easier. Just take off side fairings and 4 nuts then unplug the wiring...

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I know on my 2011 model it initially looked impossible to do without removing plastics, but by turning the forks just right and sliding my (size 11 ) hands in and up at the right angle I was able to figure it out. Coming in straight from the bottom seemed to work best for me. I never had to remove anything. It can be done


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I know on my 2011 model it initially looked impossible to do without removing plastics, but by turning the forks just right and sliding my (size 11 ) hands in and up at the right angle I was able to figure it out. Coming in straight from the bottom seemed to work best for me. I never had to remove anything. It can be done
Exactly the way I do it on my '09. Just a matter of getting a feel for it and then making it happen.
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Wow - I just reach right up in there from the bottom & pop 'em out. I've changed it a couple of times, & never removed anything but the rubber boot & the retaining clip.

Mine's an '08, & I have to maneuver around a little to get it done, but I'm a 6"1' guy with mid-to-large hands, & I can do it without much trouble (same approach as AlaskaJeff & Madone1)..
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I know on my 2011 model it initially looked impossible to do without removing plastics, but by turning the forks just right and sliding my (size 11 ) hands in and up at the right angle I was able to figure it out. Coming in straight from the bottom seemed to work best for me. I never had to remove anything. It can be done
I know it can be done, just not sure how...unless I'm totally missing something and it can just simply be unplugged from the back of the rubber piece like in Weljo's pic...How'd you do it AKJeff?

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I am told I have big hands, so if we are talking replacing with something like the Oshram 65 Watt, yes I have done it without taking anything off, trick is to use a led flashlight or Petzl headlantern, turn handlebars to extreme left for high beam ( access from left side of bike from top using right hand) and center to extreme right for low beam ( access from below using left hand). Can also do headlight aiming the same way, just take your time, pay attention to how you got your hand in there, don't want to have the fire department show up with the jaws of life.

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Hmmm, My hands can find the G-Spot easily but i still have to take the Headlight Assembly off to change a bulb. ...

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I wear XL gloves and I did the low beam on my 2011 without removing anything. I don't remember the tricks. Reach in from the bottom. Remove boots, twist things, etc. I've also replaced the extra light on top, but I think that was easier.

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Turned mine to the right, needed a screwdriver to get that stupid adaptor off and the boot was a pain but it's doable by reaching in from underneith
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...and replacement headlight bulbs were in and everything buttoned back up. What a PITA! I've read about people replacing them in 10 minutes without removing anything, but have no idea how one could do that.

I had to remove the fairings, the windscreen, the plastic from the instrument cluster that the windscreen attaches to, the silver ring around the headlight, and then of course the headlight assembly.

I got the old bulbs out fine, but after about 45 minutes of fumbling around trying to get the bulb lined up and the springy metal holder seated without the bulb coming unplugged I finally called my wife in for help. It still took two of us a good 10 minutes to get one bulb in. That rubber boot also didn't make it any easier...ugh...

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the first time i changed mine, i had to take off both sides of the fairing. and the plugs to the bulb adaptor is a PITA to pull off. took me almost an hour to change a single bulb.

the 2nd time i did it, i just reach up from underneath and pull the plug off before removing the rubber boot. granted that the plug is pretty tight still this time around but after some pull and tug, it comes off eventually.

someone said to rub some dielectric grease on the bulb adaptor blades before plugging it back but i guess i dont change bulbs often so i didnt bothered to anyway.

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