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post #1 of 15 Old 04-19-2017, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Headlamp fogging

Anyone else experienced this? I asked my dealer if it could be replaced under warranty and they asked Suzuki, but the reply from Suzuki was no as apparently this is normal and it is mentioned in the manual.

The manual does indeed state "NOTE: The headlight lens can be fogged after washing the motorcycle or riding in the rain. Headlight fogging will be cleared gradually when the headlight is turned on. When clearing the headlight lens fogging, run the engine to avoid battery discharge." but I find this fogging occurs after a dry ride where the headlight has been on all the time. My bike gets cleaned after every ride with a waterless wash, so no hose or pressure washer has ever been near it and I can't remember the last time I got caught in the rain.

I've removed the bulb to allow it to dry fully (if there is trapped moisture) and will see what it's like next ride.
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How many miles (km?) on the bike? Could it be moisture left over from the dealership?
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I've had it since new in July '15 and I've put 3700 miles on it. It started towards the end of last year and I thought it would just clear, but it seems to be there at the end of every ride now. No visible damage to the lens / housing either.

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The parts fische shows there is an o-ring around each light bulb socket. I don't know how much work it is to get at them, but maybe it's worth checking that they're installed properly? It also looks like the clear lenses are clipped on, so maybe you can see if there's a gap in the weatherproofing...

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Thanks, the cover is off as I've removed the bulb and left it open to dry out, so I'll inspect the o ring around the cap. Pretty sure the lens is bonded to the housing. I'm hoping to have the fairings off this weekend, so maybe I'll remove the whole unit and inspect the seams. Strange that if this is so common why I seem to be the only one suffering from this fogging.

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You need to ride faster Martin, they always say you need a strong wind to blow away the fog
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Can you tell us more about this 'waterless wash'?
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You have your girl put on a terry cloth robe and do a lap dance for the GSX.
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Can you tell us more about this 'waterless wash'?
I was really sceptical at first as It seems like you are just swirling wet debris over your paintwork, but there's a bit more science involved and on light soiling it really does work, as long as you follow a few basic rules. I clean my bike after every ride, only takes a couple of minutes and keeps it looking good!

There are plenty around, but this is the one I'm currently using

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Try a hair dryer. Take the bulb out, steal the wifes best hair dryer and blow warm air at the bulb hole until the dryer burns out. It doesn't take much water to make it steam up and you will need to get it all out before iit stops doing it.
Feel for you Martin. There must be a poor seal there somewhere.
Mines okay (so far) and ive been through some massive storms....the rear indicators still fill up and that problem has been from new

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