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Old Aug 9th 2012, 07:22 AM   #1
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Headlight backbleed

Just gathering observations now that I've gotten a chance to do some night riding. My base has quite a lot of light bleed behind the headlights at night, around the edges where the fairing pieces don't meet up, so it's not sealed well. Lots of open gaps there that cause light leakage back in your face. First bike I've ever had that did that. Seems kind of shoddy at this pricepoint and is kind of annoying at night. Anyone else seeing this? What about the S?

Bracing for the "it's a racebike, headlights are a concession for p#@$$y's" onslaught...
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Old Aug 9th 2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Steve B View Post
Just gathering observations now that I've gotten a chance to do some night riding. My base has quite a lot of light bleed behind the headlights at night, around the edges where the fairing pieces don't meet up, so it's not sealed well. Lots of open gaps there that cause light leakage back in your face. First bike I've ever had that did that. Seems kind of shoddy at this pricepoint and is kind of annoying at night. Anyone else seeing this? What about the S?

Bracing for the "it's a racebike, headlights are a concession for p#@$$y's" onslaught...
Take it back to your dealer and have them seal it up for you or order some parts, it will be covered under warranty.
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Old Aug 9th 2012, 09:08 AM   #3
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Don't do much riding at night with my base so I haven't noticed, but it is a race bike. Sorry I couldn't resist
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Old Aug 9th 2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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There are 2 rubber grommets that should have been installed when the Pre Delivery Inspection prep was done. Are these installed? According to my dealer - the 2 grommets were shipped separate from the bike in an envelope, needless to say, most dealers lost them.
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Old Aug 9th 2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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I have an S and I ride at night often. I don't have any bleeding so you may want to contact your dealer and get that fixed. Shouldn't be to hard
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Old Aug 9th 2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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There are 2 rubber grommets that should have been installed when the Pre Delivery Inspection prep was done. Are these installed? According to my dealer - the 2 grommets were shipped separate from the bike in an envelope, needless to say, most dealers lost them.
Thanks George; I'll have to look again, but as I recall there were a couple of places that looked ripe to have had something plugged into them but didn't. Appreciate the heads-up!
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I don't ride much at night, but the few times I have I noticed the same issue. I'll have it checked-out the next time I make it back down to my dealer in Cali.
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Old Aug 10th 2012, 08:29 PM   #8
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Here's a small, grainy pic of what I'm talking about. On either side of the dash, there are sizable gaps where the instrument panel cover doesn't meet up with the fairing very well. There are also a couple of small, rectangular slots, one per side in the cover that let a lot of light out. As you can see, it's as bright as the dash, more so in spots. Not sure if the rectangular slots are where the grommets George mentioned go, or if he was talking about the large round ones that are where the heatsinks for the LEDs are on the S.



Anyone else have this much headlight bleed from behind their fairing?

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Old Aug 10th 2012, 08:40 PM   #9
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I don't ever recall seeing anything like this when I've ridden at night.
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Old Dec 2nd 2012, 07:22 PM   #10
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My first post here....just picked up my 2012 1199 base last Saturday.

I have noticed this same light bleeding back on mine today. I am going to compare my bike with another one at the dealer and probably ask about this on my first service.

I agree it is a bit shoddy....at any price point. It's a small niggling point since I absolutely love the bike so far but still annoying.

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