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Old June 24th @ 12:00 pm   #1
MarvelousMatt's Avatar
 
From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
So I was coming home late last night, and I noticed it was rather dark while I was driving. My normal head light went kaput. So I rode home with the high beams on.

My question to you, is, should I just get a replacement bulb? LED? HID? What are your recommendations? And how much do they cost? Remember, I'm fairly consistently broke, so those super amazing lights that can pop popcorn and are only $600 are out of the question.

Also, how much of a pain would it be to replace? The shop manual says I have to remove the whole upper fairing. But that alone requires dismantling half the bike. would I be able to do it with fairings still in tact?

 
 
Old June 24th @ 12:02 pm   #2
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From: Las Vegas, NV

Motorcycle: GSXR-750
Did you check your fuses too?

Normally you have to remove the front fairing to get to the headlight... i have to remove all my fairings before I can get to it.

Buy a replacement bulb at cg or your dealer store and get it fixed! Dont worry about HIDs unless you want to spend some money retro fitting them..
 
 
Old June 24th @ 04:11 pm   #3
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From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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Originally Posted by ars0n750 View Post
Did you check your fuses too?

Buy a replacement bulb at cg or your dealer store and get it fixed! Dont worry about HIDs unless you want to spend some money retro fitting them..
If it was a fuse, wouldn't the high-beam be out too?

And how much would it cost for HIDs? Because that's on my "Eventually List"
 
 
Old June 24th @ 04:31 pm   #4
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
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Originally Posted by MarvelousMatt View Post
If it was a fuse, wouldn't the high-beam be out too?

And how much would it cost for HIDs? Because that's on my "Eventually List"
Please align your headlights.
They are pointed a bit high and at blinding people in front of you.
 
 
Old June 24th @ 04:49 pm   #5
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From: BOISE IDAHO

Motorcycle: YAMAHA '06 FZ6, 2000 XT 225
Because you're contantly broke, HID's are out of the question. I suggest that you get the PIAA bulbs, it will cost you close to $100 for the pair. Cycle Gear sells them and you can get them online. They are super bright and you can get them with a hint of blue so it looks like HID's.

I had one of the PIAA's burn out and I replaced it with one of the higher end bulbs by Sylvania from Autozone, can you tell which one it is?

 
 
Old June 24th @ 06:46 pm   #6
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: 2007 GSXR-750
On my bike the low beam and hi beam are on seperate fuses. Like Kenny said, get a sylvania silver star. Direct replacement bulb. I have them in all my vehicles and as a former auto zone employee, they do make'em for motorcycles and some walmarts carry them for several bucks cheaper. Just call auto zone and have them give you the bulb part number for your bike. You may even find it online at the silver star website.
 
 
Old June 24th @ 08:03 pm   #7
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin, NV

Motorcycle: 2009 GSXR-1000
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Old June 24th @ 08:12 pm   #8
MarvelousMatt's Avatar
 
From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
What's the difference between the Silver Star and the standard ones? I got an H7 standard from Autozone for $10. The other ones were all $20-40. Should I shell out the extra funds for the fancier ones, or are standards okay? I'm also told the higher quality more expensive ones burn out faster.
 
 
Old June 24th @ 08:22 pm   #9
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: 2007 GSXR-750
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Originally Posted by MarvelousMatt View Post
What's the difference between the Silver Star and the standard ones? I got an H7 standard from Autozone for $10. The other ones were all $20-40. Should I shell out the extra funds for the fancier ones, or are standards okay? I'm also told the higher quality more expensive ones burn out faster.
Does it really matter if they burn out faster? Eventually they all will. The silver star is a brighter light that is white in color rather than your yellow halogen bulb. Like I said I have the silver stars in all my vehicles. And I drive at night quite a bit. It was a nice improvement since the light is white. You will be totally happy with it.
 
 
Old June 24th @ 08:24 pm   #10
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From: BOISE IDAHO

Motorcycle: YAMAHA '06 FZ6, 2000 XT 225
I do know that the PIAA's burn out much faster than the regular bulbs.
 
 

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