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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 29-Oct-2016, 09:39 AM (611) Thread Starter
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Headlight Shield Law??

I bought and installed a BMW headlight shield for the bike, one of those polycarbonate protectors; I downloaded the instructions (did not come with them as I was told it was meant to be installed in the shop, whatever....) and the instructions said the protector was not be used on the road, only off road it was illegal it use it for road use? Is this true in Canada or the USA? I read somewhere it was not allowed in Europe but what about here? I was surprised that the replacement cost for the LED bulbs assembly is about $2400 Cdn , this is why I bought the protector. Regardless riding around it is quite easy for another vehicle to toss a stone by accident, I had planned to keep it on the bike.

Any insight on this "law" would be great.

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I can speak in regards to the U.S laws and that (technically) anything that is placed over a headlight must be DOT approved, an item like the BMW headlight cover not only alters but also reduces the amount of light passed through and it and would not be able to to get a DOT certificate therefor would be illegal, with that out of the way it is highly doubtful that a law enforcement officer would give two hoots about it unless just being chicken-shit, now I'm sure that there will be people that have been cited for their headlamp protectors that we will hear from.

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With an $1800 headlight...

I have a headlight protector on my GS. That LED headlight is only sold as a unit, and at $1800 I'm going to protect it.

Technically I don't think it's legal in the USA, but I think it would be highly unlikely you would get cited for it here in California, unless there was something really wrong with it, like blocking all the light after dark or something like that?

We don't even have vehicle inspections in this state. Pretty much anything goes.

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Agreed

Bob,

I have the same OEM protector installed and agree with the two previous comments. Not likely to draw attention and a necessity when you consider how much it is to replace that damn head light.
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I agree with you all, if I do get questioned then ok, I will pay a fine or whatever and carry on. Next day it goes back on, still cheaper then a replacement bulb assy.

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This is the same in Australia, but we also have a law that makes the Pin Lock Anti-fog Visor device "illegal" for night use.
As has been mentioned here, the chances that any police officer would pick you up on it is so low unless they got you for something else and just wanted to add offenses because they didn't like the look of you or you were to smart mouth them.

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I agree with you all, if I do get questioned then ok, I will pay a fine or whatever and carry on. Next day it goes back on, still cheaper then a replacement bulb assy.

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Illegal here in Quebec (probably also for the rest of the Canada) but I never heard of someone fined for that reason.

I will just change my headlight protector as soon it becomes yellow or too scratched, mostly to get as much light as possible from my headlight and to keep the law enforcement away.

We where stopped once (after a really dirty ride) and requested to clean our headlight, flashers and license plate, no fine, just a request. Not a word was said about the headlight protectors (of course... we did not ask either...).

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I also installed a headlight protector. Yes, it's $1800 clams and I am going to protect it. Mine doesn't seem to reduce the light output any noticeable amount. I can't see how it would be an issue. What we do have here is older chitzy-ditzy cars with frosted up headlight lenses from UV exposure. I know in the UK a car with frosted up lenses won't pass an MOT, but here in California and most other states don't have any form of mechanical inspection, except for emissions, and that's only in certain areas.

Here it's pretty much anything goes. Bad breaks? Bald tires? Burned out lights? Broken windshield? Almost nothing is enforced.

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One would hope that legal considerations by police etc would be a with a commonsense approach.

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XPEL Headlight Protection Kit

Try one of these protection kits - unbelievably low price $.49 - been using them on my bikes for past 10 years

Newer R1200GS specific . . . does not alter light - I believe legal - and yes will not stop extremely large rocks - somewhat limited protection!!

Headlight Protection Kits - XPEL
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