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I replaced my low beam a couple weeks ago with a h7
Bulb from the parts store. Yesterday while riding my friend
Said my headlight was out. I had to ride with the high beam.
High beam is fine. So i replaced the low beam this morning
With another h7 bulb. This time i got the $21 bulb instead
Of the $14 bulb. I changed the bulb and rode about 5 miles
And stopped to check it and it was out again.
Not sure wtf is going on. And no i didn't touch the bulb or
Anything like that. Anyone had this happen?

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I'm no electrician but, perhaps some sort of surge coming though forcing more power into the light causing it to blow.

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It seems like it could be something like that but why
Is the high beam not blowing too?

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Is the bulb actually blown? Check the low beam wiring for any defects in the insulation. Could be grounding out against the housing.

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Yes, you can see that the bulb is actually blown.

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I replaced my low beam a couple weeks ago with a h7
Bulb from the parts store. Yesterday while riding my friend
Said my headlight was out. I had to ride with the high beam.
High beam is fine. So i replaced the low beam this morning
With another h7 bulb. This time i got the $21 bulb instead
Of the $14 bulb. I changed the bulb and rode about 5 miles
And stopped to check it and it was out again.
Not sure wtf is going on. And no i didn't touch the bulb or
Anything like that. Anyone had this happen?
Why did you replace it in the first place. Did the original also burn out? Perhaps the h7 is not compatible with these bikes. Have you tried to put the original bulb back in and see if it has any similar problems?




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Have you checked into the victoryhid.com headlight setup? I highly recommend it you already paid for a single bulb setup with what you burnt out.

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The h7 is the original bulb as far as i understand.
That's what i was thinking.... is the original bulb different
Than the stock bulb??

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So you can check the voltage at the light socket with a multimeter. Not likely it's the prob but voltage regulators do get goofy. If you read swings in voltage that track with the revs it needs attention. More than just lights will suffer.
More likely is it's just rattling around. The socket could be worn and you aren't getting good contact, the socket could be tired and sloppy and rattling around in the bucket, the bucket could be tired and sloppy and rattling around on the front end.
What, it's a 2008. Five or six years in. Yep. Could just be showing some wear.
You turn the key and the low beam is on. Until you turn the key off the low beam is carrying the freight. High beam you switch on and off but low is steady on, making heat and drawing juice. It's more likely to fail.

What dtmmil said is true. Short money for HID, fairly ez install and it draws less (once lit up). It's a good solution if you don't have voltage issues.

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I got this bike last year with a few hundred miles. It has about 6500
On it now. My bike is probably better than showroom condition.
Extremely clean and very well maintained. Nothing is sloppy or loose.
My multi meter is junk so I'll get a good one and that's my first step.
But what should it read? My first thought was voltage regulator but,
Wouldn't I have a problem with all my other lights??

Not sure if it's related, but my engine light has came on and off for the last two days... Bike runs perfect, but seems like a weird coincidence. Bike is running perfect. No problems at all!

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