Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
No. Furthermore, there are no instructions in the official BMW repair manual (the "RepROM") for replacing light bulbs. BMW considers bulb replacement to be so basic that any competent mechanic can do it without instructions. I am not sure I would agree with that assumption.
What you must do is squeeze your hand into the unbelievably tight space under the dash panel. These days, I would use a cellphone camera to view the area or take a few shots so that you know what your target looks like as well as the shape of things around it.
Rotate the "bayonet" mount a quarter turn to loosen it, then pull it out. You will use the tippy tips of your fingers to reach it. You will lose some skin as it scrapes on parts and plastic edges when you cram your hand in. If you have a skinny pre-teen or teenager and can withstand the humiliation, you might ask them to help.
The first time I tried, I couldn't do it, and I had been very persistent. I thought I must be missing some important "trick" to get it out. Finally, in exasperation, I took it to the local BMW dealer and asked the service technician for a hint to learn whatever trick I didn't know. The answer is that there is no trick. The technician gave me that "incompetent customer" scowl, and went to do it himself. I could tell that he first thought it would take only a few seconds, but soon there was a growing awareness of the true situation on his face. Eventually, he got his hand in the tiny space and could touch the back of the mount. It took time, but he managed to get it out and replaced the bulb for me.
Having seen what the service technician had gone through to get it out, I was able to do it myself the next time, but it was not easy. The space is very very tight.
If I recall, it helps to remove or raise the windscreen, so you can lean over and observe the bulb protruding from the hole in the reflector at the front of the bike while your hand is under the dash, especially when you are trying to reinsert the bulb. When the bulb moves, you know your fingertips are in the right place, moving the right part.
I make it a habit to never touch new automotive/motorcycle bulbs, to avoid getting skin oils on them. According to my father, skin oils reduce the lifetime of the bulb. I use a paper towel or plain toilet paper to protect the bulb from my fingertips. Once the bulb is in its holder, the next trick is to avoid touching the bulb on any grimy parts under the dash. I have yet to succeed with that. Oh well. :-(
I hope this helps.