What To Do if Your Motorcycle Headlights Go Out

Headlights are extremely important for people who drive, no matter the vehicle. The extra visibility they provide and the light they give off are the keys to driving safely at night or in dark conditions. That’s why you need to know what you should do when your bike’s headlights go out.

Troubleshooting the Lights

The first step is figuring out the problem so you can directly address it with your next steps. Before you do anything to fix your headlights, check the wiring and the parts around the lights for any damage or wiring issues. If you find problems, you’ll likely need to bring your bike to a mechanic.

Installing New Bulbs

The simplest fix for a headlight is to change the bulbs, as they eventually burn out. You’ll need to open up the headlight so you can access the bulb within. Then, replace it with a fresh bulb to get it back in working condition. Burnt-out bulbs are the most common issues for headlights, but replacing the bulbs won’t be the answer for all headlight problems.

Replacing Your Headlights

Sometimes, the problem is too complex, and replacing the whole headlight is cheaper than repairing it. If you have the proper tools for changing motorcycle headlights, you can replace them by yourself. You can even upgrade your headlights by switching to LEDs that won’t burn out as quickly as halogens.

Considering a New Battery

The headlights going out may have no relation to the lights at all but rather the battery that powers the system. Batteries expire and can experience a whole host of other issues that call for replacements. So, running an inspection of your battery and its subsequent parts should be part of what you do when your bike headlights go out.

These are simple steps you can take to fix your motorcycle’s headlights if they ever go out, though it may not be enough to get them going again. If that’s the case, your best option is to bring your bike to a professional who can identify and fix the issue.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.