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    How long can you run without the headlamp bulb if it blows on route

    Hi just wondered , if you were out on road and your headlamp bulb blew , approx how long would it take to cause damage to bike and what damage ? On a 1996 model lights always on

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    About 100 yards

    No damage to bike unless you hit something because you can't see where you are going.

    Just flip the headlamp switch to high or low beam and use the other bulb filament so you can see again.

    No electrical damage will occur to the TW200 if a bulb goes out because the voltage is regulated.

    Good luck!
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    If both filiments blow, You can ride on until you hit something in the dark or the Leo tells you to stop riding.
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    Agreed, you can keep running until sudden impact, accompanied by great pain and cursing, provided you are still conscious. Crash & burn- usually ends the fun for a spell.
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    Ha ha ha yeh, I like all those comments !!! I should have realised before i posted thread that I would get some crazy replies , but would this not overload the Vlt / reg/ rectifier and cause it to burn out ???
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    No, my bike has the mod where I can turn off the front light.
    I have had no issues running the bike for hours with the front light turned off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejfranz View Post
    No, my bike has the mod where I can turn off the front light.
    I have had no issues running the bike for hours with the front light turned off.
    Same here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejfranz View Post
    No, my bike has the mod where I can turn off the front light.
    I have had no issues running the bike for hours with the front light turned off.
    What makes you so special that you get to turn your headlight off?

    In the United States of America it's been law since I was a kid that your light must burn during daytime too.

    I feel left out.
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    I know here in Canada, every motorized licensed vehicle must have full lighting, thats headlight, tail light, markerlights, blinkers. If your in an accident and even if its not your fault, if they find you have tampered with the stock system they will find you either partially or fully at fault. Doesnt seem fair, but hey...what insurance company ever claimed to play fair. I highly recommend that for your own safety and security that ALL lights must function even if you only cross the road twice a year to get to the trails. Remember that guy Murphy, yeah....Mr. Murphy Law... he is still out there somewhere!
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