Headlights out, fuse ok?

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Hey. Just had the brake switch recall and inspection done today on my 2016. Not sure if it’s related or when exactly I lost the headlights.

Only noticed riding tonight, no headlights (high or low), but running lights are working in headlight assembly.

Pulled the right covers and the 20a “head” fuse is fine.

Thoughts?
 

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These things eat headlights. Easy to pull the bulbs and check them.
 

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These things eat headlights. Easy to pull the bulbs and check them.
Headlight bulbs looked fine but were in fact out. Yes you must be correct they were both working as of a week ago and if the inspection was any good, today!!

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Headlight bulbs looked fine but were in fact out. Yes you must be correct they were both working as of a week ago and if the inspection was any good, today!!

Mods feel free to delete this useless post with my apologies!
No apologies needed and your thread may help somebody else when they have the same issue and find this.

Your 2016 is now 5 model years old and as I've posted before the bulbs "wear" with age and heat cycles. When one bulb goes, the other will have roughly aged the same so it's not uncommon for the current spike to take out the second bulb. Cars or motorcycles, that's why when one bulb goes out I replace them both and hold onto the working old one as a spare for next time, till I can replace that next set.
 

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... no headlights (high or low)...
By the way, these are one in the same. Single filament bulbs. So if one goes out, there is only one filament remaining.
Also, headlights do not burn when you switch ignition on until you hit the starter.
 

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By the way, these are one in the same. Single filament bulbs. So if one goes out, there is only one filament remaining.
Also, headlights do not burn when you switch ignition on until you hit the starter.
Yeah its crazy.

There is a mechanical reflection shield that changes position when you toggle your brights, so you are correct that each bulb is just one filament.


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I didn’t know about the moving reflector. I thought it was about how much power was sent to the bulb. Very interesting. And yes they have their power cut unless bike is running.
Just got some PIAA LED fogs to supplement the output.
 

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When one bulb goes, the other will have roughly aged the same so it's not uncommon for the current spike to take out the second bulb. Cars or motorcycles, that's why when one bulb goes out I replace them both and hold onto the working old one as a spare for next time, till I can replace that next set.
Totally agree with this.

Last Wednesday I replaced a blown spotlight bulb. When I switched everything on to check the light was OK, the other had blown!

Spot lights.jpg

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My previous 2013 went through a lot of headlight bulbs with none of them ever making 10,000 miles.
So far with a little over 20,000 miles on the 2018 I’m still using the original headlight bulbs.
 

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My personal suspicion is that the little "cut-off" flapper reflects heat back onto the bulbs when the "low" beam is on . . . . which causes premature failure. I ride with "high" beam all the time. Granted, I don't ride after dark often, and when I do, I use "low". But after four years, and 13k+ miles. . . . I haven't replaced a bulb yet. (yes, knocking on wood now)
 
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