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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 1:14 pm Thread Starter
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Headlight beam point to sky

Hi guys and girls, just joined this forum (at last) to pick your brains. The beam of my headlight has gone radically, pointing up into the sky, way beyond fine adjustment. I see that the hex knob (part 2 in the illustration) is missing. I think this was only for fine tuning. Took the bike to a bike mechanic to test the beam for height direction etc and all he could only say was, "its broke".

BMW here in Scotland, sent me their parts diagram of the headlight and said judging by this, the white lever and the hex knob is sold only, integral with the headlight costing, nearly a grand! Ouch!

Perhaps I should mention the bike is an 09, K1300GTSE. I don't know if it has Xenon lights on it and if that was standard on the SE. I do know before the problem above, the light was the best on any bike I've had and as good as my 08, Merc! Is there a simple way to tell the difference, please?

So, has anyone been inside the headlight and knows how the headlight beam could be so wrong, lighting up the sky, please? Is there a fix for this, please?

Thanking you in anticipation.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 6:48 pm
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Go to the front of the bike, look at the headlight lens and in the upper right corner it should have Xenon stamped on the silver part of the lens.

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 11:49 am Thread Starter
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Thank you K1200RT. Never noticed that! Pic speaks for itself. Actually, facing the lamp, the word is top left. However, easy to find once you know its there.
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 12:19 pm Thread Starter
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Sorry, you are TF1200RT. I see now that the three lamps are mounted on one piece kinda, floating inside a larger piece. As best as I can see, it appears the inner part is pointing at least 1/4" (8 or 9mm if you prefer) north on its horizontal axis. See pic one. Also, is that a bigger than normal gap at the bottom (pic 2)?

So wtf has broke inside to cause this? Is it possible to separate the front lens from the back part that has the adjusters, get inside and see what broke? Is there a spring that has pinged?.
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Sorry, meant to type "left". Don't know if you can separate the lens.

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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 2019, 7:19 am Thread Starter
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Sure TF1200RT. I'm getting on a bit suffer "senior moments' more often than I wish. The only up side is my boys thinks its hilarious.

I have spent some time now devising different ways of asking search engines about this problem and have found nothing. Nothing at all. Not even guidance on how to replace the headlight as a unit. Had this bike six years and have never needed to dismantle any of the fairing, for example.

I'm beginning to think the only course of action is to get stuck in and go for it. But, its summer, I ride it nearly every day. I have no idea how big a job it is.

Here is a pic where I have tried to outline the inner and outer parts.

Anyone sussed this problem out, please?
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 2019, 9:55 am
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You should be able to see this link without registering, but you need to be a member of the MOA to see all of the images without downloading them. Headlight Removal.
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Ok, so. Can anyone tell me whats involved in removing the headlight out of the bike, please? What bits have to come off to do this, please?

Thank you in anticipation.
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Look at my previous post. Click on the words "Headlight Removal". I also added a printout of the process (it's the best that would download).

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 2019, 4:10 pm Thread Starter
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That is absolutely fab! Many thanks for that. I will attempt to do the lot tomorrow and let you know how it went.
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