$3.28 Brings Dead Motolight Back to Life…

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, I discovered one of the Motolight on my ’03 BMW R1100S was dead during my 6am commute into work last Wednesday morning. It became rather obvious when I pulled up behind a truck and saw only one of the two fork-mounted lights was illuminated.

When I arrived home that night I pulled the light apart and found the 50w Satco MR16 bulb had cracked in two and one of the two wires going into the ceramic Bi-Pin MR16 bulb socket had broken loose.

After a few minutes of research I located the replacement Bi-Pin ceramic connector for GU5.3/MR11/MR16 bulbs and the correct Satco S1958 35 watt, narrow spot halogen MR16 bulbs to make the repair. Thanks to a pretty amazing supply chain distribution system powered by the USPS I would — in all likelihood — have the parts in hand by February 2nd or 3rd.  The total cost to repair the light was $3.28. Well, make that $5.27 as I went ahead and replaced the right-hand bulb so I’d have two bulbs of the same age, wattage, etc.  When I last changed the bulbs several years back I installed the 50w version and have since come to realize that 35W is more than enough.

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New ceramic socket soldered to original wire leads (left) and dead socket (right)

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All put back together and shining brightly with the OEM 35 watt bulbs, clear lenses and correct aim!

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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