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howdy. recently acquire used 2002 r1150rt-p (CHP bike). small tree sucked me in with tractor beam while driving at slow speed (i can't explain it but it did happen). it was a slow speed bump but still busted the glass on my headlamp into a thousand pieces, though all lamps still work great. i've been told by dealer that i'll have to replace the entire headlamp assembly for about $470 just for parts. anybody have experience with this?

also cracked fairing near upper right hand corner of lamp so guess that will need to be replaced, too. another $500 or so. not to mention whatever else they find under there. then labor. Jeepers...this going to cost me!


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Sorry your first post here has to be about such a bummer. Welcome anyway.


If you can't find the headlamp ass'y used, Chicago BMW has it for $354.40


ISFA the front faring itself, if just a minor crack it should be easily repairable. Otherwise Chicago BMW has it for around $475 depending on the color.


Of course if you are having a dealer doing the repairs, obtaining the parts elsewhere is probably not an option.


Good luck.

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I agree with the other guys...look for the parts used and then do the work yourself...not hard...A good manual should do the trick and plenty of help here too!!! thumbsup.gif


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small tree sucked me in with tractor beam while driving at slow speed


And all this time I thought the Federation had banned that technology from being used on the surface of class M planets. grin.gif


Hey sorry about you hit..major drag bncry.gif

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Bike is at my dealer. Their initial estimate was $3984.99 and included replacing anything that had the most minor scratch. I just want a safe, good running, reasonably attractive machine. So getting rid of lots of needless work, the price is $1757.05 . I have found that I can get the parts cheeper myself and I'm tempted to do the work myself with an experienced neighbor who has worked on his bikes for 30 years. For instance, I have a used headlight assembly coming from another dealership for $250 total wih shipping (vs $443 new from my dealer or $354+handling from Chicago BMW). The other 2 parts I need are an upper center fairing in white. Chicago BMW has for $478+handling, my dealer charges $597+tax. I haven't been able to find this used. I thus also need the "holder," a bracket for mounting the fairing and I can't find this used and I hear they are very tough to straiten. My dealer wants $354+tax, Chicago BMW wants a bit more...$372+handling. So I am talking with my dealer about, hopefully, getting their parts pricing a bit more competitive, then having them do the labor estimated at $274.50. Granted, I would save a few hundred if I order from Chicago BMW, but I should mention that my dealer will charge me about $130 for the estimate if I don't have them do the work, thus the price difference falls to more like $200. I think for that I can afford to have them do the work?

You may ask why don't I go through my insurance, but my insurance dealer at State Farm, who insures my car too, says that if I file a claim (my first of any kind with SF), I will lose my good driver discount on the bike and on my car. This will cost me about $1000 a year for 3 years minimum. So I want to pay out of pocket and leave the insurance company out of it.

So, we'll see. Either way, I've found this is a SLOW process and I'm itching to ride again.


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