Well that's one type of bike I won't ever be tempted to buy.The manual says to replace the whole meter unit if any of the LEDs in it stop working properly.:frown2:
The OP didn't say the bulb isn't working, he said he wanted to gain access to it. Maybe he is troubleshooting the switch or something.Well that's one type of bike I won't ever be tempted to buy.
So the dash is a throwaway item if an led fails! How long before the whole bike is a disposable item if a bulb fails or the aircleaner needs cleaning or a tyre gets worn?
Its not, but that doesn't make it right IMHO!And how is it any different than a car these days? :fineprint:
Something to say about "simplicity" but it is even getting darn near impossible to find a carb bike these days. To be honest.....FI is so good and reliable, that I can't see any advantage to carb machines. With computer controlled comes more computers, but that is not always a bad thing as it allows fine tuning and many times more options than without. Motorcycles are not like cars, cars are turn the key and take off with "hopefully" minimal maintenance and hassles. Owning a motorcycle is a very personal relationship, it forces you in many cases to get to know what you love doing. :wink2:Its not, but that doesn't make it right IMHO!
Part of the attraction of motorcycling for me is to have a relatively simple machine that I can work on myself, and is cheap to run/maintain. All my previous bikes fit these criteria (last two were an R60/6 BMW and a GS500) but the Strom is pushing the edge of my comfort zone with the ridiculously tiresome to remove plastics and EFI.
I'm just a grumpy old man who likes things simple and hates the waste in our throwaway society.
All that said, I love riding the Strom!0
So what new bikes can you replace the bulbs in? Don't know, just wondering. I would guess this is probably just about standard across the industry today. Personally I'd rather have the smaller longer lasting LEDs that use less power than a larger incandescent that you'd have to replace regularly.The leds may last very well, and the OP may not have a blown one, but if the manual calls for replacing the instrument panel if a light fails, my comments still stand.
There is simple device on ebay, indicator buzzer. There are two types, one without delay and one with adjustable delay. For many years I use them on my bikes. First I used ones without delay, they cost just few bucks. Later I decided to move to ones with adjustable delay so they start beeping only after 30 sec or so. This last one I used for 3 years on my previous bike and now I moved it to my new bike. I have one more as a backup but it seems it's never gonna fail. I'm talking about few bucks price, something like this:Still after many years of riding I sometimes forget to turn off my turn lights. That's why I was thinking of replacing the original indicators with some high intensity LEDs. But after reading this thread I understand that it will be impossible.
I have a small project to engage on this winter while my DL1000A is hibernating; a replacement bulb in each front turn lights with an embedded magnetic transducer which will transmit to a simple receiver device in my helmet giving the familar tick-tock-sound when any of the turn lights run.
If successful I will revert here to give a report and maybe a share some info.