Seems I've been riding around with only the two parking lamps on - no low beam - on the 2006. No nighttime riding of late so who knew?
A week or two ago I plugged in the GS-911 and it showed a fault code: "Shorted low beam lamp" and asked me if I wanted to clear it. I did, thinking the "short" was due to some distant tip-over and filament rattle that also took out the Motolights. Turns out the light I saw from from the headlamp wasn't the low beam, it was from the two parking lights). Low beam was gone.
I got another low beam lamp (H7 12voltx55watt) for $18 at the dealer (BMW branded), installed it. It was easier to do it by reaching through the top and pulling the cover out the bottom along with the lamp. Had the GS-911 on it too speaking to the laptop.
The GS-911 still threw up a "Shorted lamp code."
Didn't light up either.
Cleared the fault again, still no light. Cycled ignition on and off. No light. No fault code though. Turns out I had to remove the GS-911. Recycle ignition, and the light finally came on. It had asked if I wanted to kill headlamp on initial activation of the GS-911 and I feared the ECU was permanently disabling it from lighting. Once I unplugged it and cycled the ignition, it was "Let there be light" time. Whew on that one! Too bad the GS-911 didn't report the lamp as being an "Open circuit detected" as it certainly wasn't "Shorted" which could have been something in the past and I know when I cleared it it should have reported "Open." An "Open" would have been an immediate flag the bulb is still out. Oh, well.
I also ordered one of those $89 CA HID lighting kits for motorcycles while looking for web answers and was wondering how many hours it would take to do the conversion for a first timer? Knowing it took me 4 hours to change and balance a front tire, is this something that will be a weekend long job the first time?