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Aiming the Headlight

Getting a correctly aimed headlight is straightforward. You need to make a couple of measurements and then aim the light at a flat wall, as follows:

  • With the bike on its wheels and you astride, have a helper measure the distance from the floor to the center of the headlight lens.
  • Pick a flat wall where you can locate the bike so the headlight is 17 feet from the wall.
  • Place a horizontal mark on the wall two (2) inches lower than the height of the center of the headlight.
  • The headlight beam (on low beam) should be relatively flat on the top, and may rise rather sharply at the right edge.
  • Adjust the headlight vertically so that the flat top of the beam is just up to that line (marked two inches down at 17 feet).
  • Horizontal adjustment should center the beam ahead of the line of the bike.

NOTE: The adjustment information is located in the service manual on page 3-32.

Note Also that a member has suggested an 8mm socket (or nut driver) is a better fit for the adjusting screw (as opposed to a Phillips screw driver).