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Offline SXTony

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765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« on: February 11, 2020, 11:31:37 AM »
I've had my 765R since early summer 2018, and in that time I've had to replace a headlight bulb 3 times. This seems a bit excessive to me. I can't remember replacing bulbs on any of my previous bikes at all. Now it's 3 in less than 2 years.

Have any of you lot had any similar problems? I'm sure bulbs should last longer than that, shouldn't they?

It's not a big deal as it's not expensive to replace, and even a mechanical numpty like myself can replace them. It's just a bit frustrating having to keep having to do it.

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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 12:15:04 PM »
Sounds odd, although you havent said how many miles youve covered in that time?

Mines a 17 with 18k or so, and Ive only had to replace one bulb, and that because a stone hit the headlight.


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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 02:22:29 PM »
Are you keeping your sticky/greasy fingers off the bulb when fitting the new ones?
Mucky paw prints on the bulbs can cause them to overheat and can shorten their life significantly.
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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2020, 08:54:56 AM »
I've done 9k miles so far.

Hmmm, I think I'm careful about touching the bulbs, but I'll make sure this time around.

I saw another 765 with only the one headlight working this morning but didn't get a chance to question him about it.

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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2020, 12:16:56 PM »
I had a headlight bulb go and the bike's only done 6k miles. I could be wrong but think the standard fitment are bluer than normal so run hotter and perhaps don't last as long. Bike bulbs have a harder life than cars. I bought replacements that should last longer but it's too soon to tell if they are any better.
Shame really 'cos the 765 headlights are very good when they are working!

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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 07:22:05 PM »
Thats a good point. Many folk use any old bulb, but there is actually a difference between car and bike bulbs, with the latter normally being made more vibration resistant.


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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2020, 07:20:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by morebeanz [+]
Thats a good point. Many folk use any old bulb, but there is actually a difference between car and bike bulbs, with the latter normally being made more vibration resistant.


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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 07:26:53 AM »
*Originally Posted by Red [+]
Yep I use any old type of bulb, well generally Osram Nightbreaker Plus H4  - I dont buy motorbike specific though

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And me, never bought a specific "bike bulb"...... Very rarely replaced a bulb for failure on a bike in nearly 50 years, from rattely, vibrating Triumphs to  buzzing two strokes to thumping singles to high reving sports bikes.......
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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 10:08:38 AM »
I suppose I misspoke in that they are vibration resistant, rather than motorcycle specific. Used in off road applications too.

I agree that automotive bulbs ought to be able to be used in any relevant application, so please dont get the idea that Im a massive advocate of these. Just may be useful for some...


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Re: 765 Headlight bulbs lifetime?
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 03:59:12 PM »
If you look on Amazon for replacements you see all sorts of claims made about one type or other.
But I do think that a bulb designed to run at a lower temperature will be a bit yellower in output but more robust.

 


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