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post #1 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight adjustment

Anyone know of a writeup of how to adjust the headlight...
its bright as day but aimed not much past my front tire..

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 01:21 PM
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Anyone know of a writeup of how to adjust the headlight...
its bright as day but aimed not much past my front tire..

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doh for a 919... forgot there are others in here...
I have found that you can loosen the head light pivot bolts just enough to adjust the headlight with a push or a pull but not have it move on it's own. I'll adjust it while riding in my neighborhood at slow speeds by reaching over the top of the windshield and pulling on the top to aim up or pushing on the bottom side to aim down. I will even set it high on the fly if I need the light higher on a dark twisty road. As far as where to aim.. aim it where you like it. The aim will change as you move back into the seat.. so just work with it until you get what you like.

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post #3 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 01:27 PM
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Is there any spec for headlight adjustment? I have always just adjusted to where I see best. But keep in mind differences between high and low beam. If you set the low beam position too high, you might end up shining back up too high at night on high beam.

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With the bike on level ground, position it 6 feet from a wall, garage door, or whatever. The low beam will display a bright horizontal beam, it should be 34 inches up from the floor. This measurement is no super critical but you will know for sure if it's way out of adjustment.

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 07:51 PM
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Ya that's it, I have best adjustment by sitting in the road at the end of the driveway and adjust to my liking.

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post #6 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 09:19 PM
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Pretty much the same thing here.
I find an area with level ground and a flat wall to point the bike at.
Then I just adjust the light so the high beam is pointing dead straight ahead and level.
I roll the bike up to the wall, make a mark where high beam hits, roll back as far as I can and make sure the beam is still centered on the same point.
Ofcourse some care is needed to make sure you roll back in a straight line, but you get the idea.
This (should) automatically set the low beam appropriately to suit the region you're in as well.

post #7 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 09:32 PM
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Ya, it's easy when you have a flat driveway and a garage door.

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-01-2006, 10:21 PM
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On the front of the bracket right at the bolts that allow the light to pivot, there is a groove that I assume the groove along the side of the headlight is supposed to align to. That's what mine were aligned to before I installed my new signals


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post #9 of 14 Old 06-04-2006, 11:00 PM
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Ya, it's easy when you have a flat driveway and a garage door.
Actually, I go to my local shopping center and use their basement car park.
Usually late at night when there's less cars and it's darker too.

post #10 of 14 Old 06-04-2006, 11:08 PM
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On a more useful note (than my last post)
As Pags says, vertical aim is done by loosening the pivot bolts at either side.
As for lateral (side to side) adjustment..
The owners manual makes no mention of lateral adjustment, but I think I saw an adjuster screw inside the headlight Bowl when I was wiring in new front indicators.

Awkward place to put it if that's what it is though.

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The owners manual makes no mention of lateral adjustment, but I think I saw an adjuster screw inside the headlight Bowl when I was wiring in new front indicators.

Awkward place to put it if that's what it is though.
There's a hole on the bottom-left side of the rim. Insert a screwdriver and turn to adjust it left/right.

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-03-2006, 06:47 PM
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Well I'll be damned..
No idea how I missed that.

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Except when I said "left side", I meant the left side of the bike if you're sitting on it, which you won't be doing when you adjust it. It's on the right side if you're standing in front of the bike, looking toward the headlight.

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post #14 of 14 Old 08-03-2006, 09:35 PM
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So take it out for a ride and while in the midst of a monster wheelie, reach down and aim the headlight so you see the tree branches that you are passing at that moment. Nuttin to it.

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