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UK owner headlights.

Discussion in 'Stelvio Chat & Tech' started by yan, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. yan

    yan Just got it firing!

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    About a month ago i discovered my uk spec Stelvio headlights dipped to the wrong side.ie; they flick up to the right hand side of the road ,not the left.This of course makes them illegal.My local dealer didn't believe me so i took the bike down to show them. Two weeks later i went down again to have my[specially made in Italy for my bike?] replacements.These were also wrong. Apparantly Guzzi knew of this problem and my replacements were their third attempt. Why do they have to make one you may ask? Because they never made ANY UK spec ones in the first place. My bike is now off the road due to the faulty headlights failing the MOT test. Insurance is also probably invalid.
     
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    guzzirider Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I bought one of the very first Stelvios off the production line and my dealer Moto Strada told me that the headlights were the same whether they were designed for RHD or LHD markets, but were adjustable.

    I've sold it so cant have a look but maybe they can be adjusted- which dealer are you using?
     
  3. yan

    yan Just got it firing!

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    A lot of modern bikes/cars use what are known as 'flat top' lights which are universal. The Selvio ones are all for RHD and are adjustable for left/right up/down like anything else but not the beam pattern itself. I use Motosport in Wareham Dorset who are doing their best. The problem is with the factories inability to produce a LHD h/light. I suggest Moto strada get in touch with Motosport/the importer/the factory if he knows something they don't.
     
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    guards 1656 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    This is worrying to read. My bike is due it's first m.o.t. in a couple of months. Surely every 2008 stelvio can't have failed it's m.o.t.?
     
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    yan Just got it firing!

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    Not that many are due as at 1st March2011. They will all fail if checked properly, though it's not something the tester would specifically look for. Just shine your lights at a wall or something at night. You will find the dipped beam flicks up to the right dazzling oncoming drivers. Not just 2008 bikes .2008 to present i believe.
     
  6. Brian UK

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    So what's wrong with a bit of masking tape placed carefully on the front of the headlights. That will get it through the MOT, and satisfy your insurance. You will no doubt say why should I on a new bike, but it's better to be able to use it surely.
    As they use the H4 bulb, you can modify the holder in the reflector to swing the bulb round clockwise as seen from the rear. I did that on my Spada III which had the same problem, though it had been through umpteen MOTs by the time I bought it.
     
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    yan Just got it firing!

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    Problem solved. Just off down the shops for a hacksaw blade and a role of masking tape.
     
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    Brian UK GT Reference

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    You shouldn't need a hacksaw to cut masking tape. :lol:
    And don't use a hacksaw to modify the bulb mounting, a small fine file is all that's needed.
     
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    Bisonheed Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Been out and checked mine in the dark and they just dip downwards. No left or right just down, perhaps the 2010 models are sorted ?
     
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    What bulb does the 2010 model use?
     
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    Bisonheed Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Both bulbs are standard H4's with only the right hand side (as you sit on the bike) wired to high beam. I had another look at the weekend as I went through the Tyne Tunnel, definitely downwards dip no left or right and sadly not that bright although I have HID's in the car so I guess I'm spoiled a bit ? Perhaps an HID kit could be the order of the day (easy to fit - took an hour & a half to do seperate high & low beam on the Sorento).
     
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    fatal Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I had this problem with my stelvio, I only realised when other road users started to flash me. It was sorted at the initial 900 mile service by means of adjusters within the fairing.
     
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    It's very simple to wire up the other main beam to get extra light on those dark roads.
     

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