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Wiring up VFR750 head­lights, fix­ing duff Du­cati in­di­ca­tors

I have a 1996 Honda VFR750FT which is a par­al­lel im­port – re­mem­ber them? It’s a Euro-spec bike which was reg­is­tered in the UK when new.

I want to con­vert it to UK spec. I have the mph speedo and sen­sor which I think is all I need to sort this out.

It also has a Euro-spec head­light which il­lu­mi­nates only one of the twin beams on dip. It also dips the wrong way.

I have the Uk-spec head­light/ re­flec­tor so I can sort the di­rec­tion of the dipped beam but I want to wire it so both beams il­lu­mi­nate on dip, as per my old Uk-spec. bike. It seems like it should be sim­ple but as they say ‘on the eighth day the Devil in­vented mo­tor­cy­cle electrics’ I want to be sure – do I need to use a re­lay? Matt Jaques, West York­shire

Fer­ret says: You will need to use an­other re­lay if there isn’t one al­ready; one iden­ti­cal to that cur­rently used for the high beam cir­cuit would be the ideal choice.

At present the dipped beam is fed di­rectly through the switch. You will also need the rel­e­vant four-pin con­nec­tor and new ter­mi­nals for the new re­lay. Also on your shop­ping list should be some more blackand-red wire to sol­der to and ex­tend the ex­ist­ing black-an­dred which is the power sup­ply from the head­lamp fuse to the re­lay, some green wire to make an earth for the cur­rently un­used low-beam fil­a­ment and two lengths of white wire to feed the low beam fil­a­ments from the re­lay.

Next, dis­con­nect the white wire from the present sin­gle low beam bulb and re­con­nect it to the new low beam head­lamp re­lay. Done.

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