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Apr 06

Posts: 191

ERP30 says:

Your lights are broken?

This may be a daft question, but... Why do manufacturers insist on only illuminating one side of a bikes lights? My last bike was a Kawasaki 2007 Z750 and I would be a rich man today if I had a penny for every time someone said to me 'your lights are broken'. Last month I was lucky enough to trade up to a new ZX10R. Again...

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Aug 11

Posts: 437

I actually like the look of one side lit up while the other is a main beam but i hear what your saying lol. 

I always get the, YOUR LIGHT IS OUT when pulled over.  I just learned to say O right thanks mate.  haha. 

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Jan 04

Posts: 130

dessp2 says:

Its so....

Drivers dont mistake you for a car that is a long way away and pull out on you.

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Jul 09

Posts: 66

CaNsA says:

but yet no-one says it to the cagers who have 1 light out.

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Aug 02

Posts: 69

slparry says:


Because the manufacturers are too cheap to install a decent charging system that can power two headlights. Of course most customers only discover this after they've bought their bike and then it's too late.

Usual smoke and mirrors marketing, all form over function which typifies most sports style machines

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Fly by night


Sep 07

Posts: 225

Fly by night says:

They mean well

When they tell you about your lights, at least they see you, so if you were unfortunate enough to be in a collision and the other person claimed one of your lights were out you would know that he saw you but decided to let you know one of your lights were out by knocking you off ouch!.



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Aug 02

Posts: 3279

eatcs01 says:

Lights out. All out..

It's to do with that blasted EU again.


IF the 2 headlights are SEPERATE then you can only have ONE on dipped beam.

If they are together, then you can have BOTH on dipped beam.

The Yammy Fazer is easy to convert with a relay, some wires and a new bulb.

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May 08

Posts: 96

Bikefar says:

I've got two headlights..

...and I've been told "Only one headlight's working". When I switch the other one on, I'm quickly told to turn it off.

It's a German proper Xenon system.

I agree with fly by night - but I think it would be a great idea just to put a little LED in the middle of the switch so you can find it in the pitch black.

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:

Lights Out

I'd check your bike if I were you mate, judging by those photos one of your lights are out... ...not as annoying as people asking if you're little Yamaha XV535 Virago "is a Harley Davidson"! Seriously the amount of times I was asked that when it used to be my main bike was silly. In the end I got tired of explaining the whole rice burner concept and just replied "yep!".

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Dec 03

Posts: 317

hairyMuppet says:


Two lights, close together.  At a glance (which is all you'll get) it could be assumed to be a car in the distance.
One light on, it is 'odd' and is either instantly recognised as a bike (and thus probably much closer) or given a further check.

The above may be cobblers, but that's what I've always assumed the reasoning to be.  It could of course be that two dipped lights so close together wouldn't really make much difference (no real spread of the beam), so you could be running two lights but getting no extra benefit (and pissbly contravening some law-or-other on maximal area lumination).

As to having both sides on, you could find yourself running foul of the law as the reflectors etc are probably not set-up on the other side to run as a dip.  Best check with a proper mechanic.

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May 10

Posts: 427

X2Glider says:


In the USA, if a bulb is out and a cop pulls you over, he'll be nice enough to give you a fix-it-ticket.  Not an actual ticket.  He's just letting you know you have a bulb out.  Even they know shit happens...bulbs burn out.  May have been working when you got in the car and it went out during the drive.  No biggie.

I had a cop pull me over for that.  I tried explaining to him that how my Z1000SX is meant to be.  So are the majority of bikes with separate lenses.  Our vehicle code with regards to headlights is the same as the UK with the exception of us not needing a parking light. 

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