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Adjust the headlight?

Folks,

How do you adjust the headlight on an R1100S? On my R1150GS there is a hex shaped adjuster on the left side you can turn with your hand. I found the same adjuster on the R1100S, but turning it has no effect. Is there some other way to do it? Is mine broken?

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The S has the same adjuster. You sure you're turning the correct knob?
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Yep, I'm sure. Maybe mine has been screwed all the way out or something. I'll take a look next time I have the plastic off.
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no need to do that Jim. get a nice bright light in there and have a look. IIRC it is a long-ish hex nut

BTW Beam THROW is adjusted to the RIGHT of the lamp, the left hand adjuster sets the beam's left/right orientation
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There's a white plastic locking thingie that covers the hex nut. You gotta flip it up...or is it down to unlock the light and get it to move as I recall. Should be in the owners manual.
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Got it. Thanks guys. Now I need to go check out how badly I screwed up my left / right alignment.
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I, too, needed to adjust my low beam laterally so I searched our forum for advice.

There are a few threads that address the issue but this one seems to be the only one I found with the photo I was looking for.

The statement, "lateral adjusting screw on the left of the headlight." and the photo are misleading because the photo is reversed!!!

I'd say the proofreader of our service manual goofed way back in 1999!

I have not updated my Photobucket account to host 3rd party hosting yet (that's another story) but the description is correct. The black, 13mm plastic hex knob for lateral adjustment is indeed on the left side (viewed from the back) of the high beam. You turn it clockwise to move the headlight to the left, and of course, anti-clockwise to move it right.

The knob requires a fair bit of effort to turn so I used a 1/4" drive 13mm socket on a 4" extension with a ratchet.

Hope this helps.

As an aside, I appears we can only adjust the entire low beam/high beam assembly laterally with this screw. I suspect disassembly of the inside of the assembly might reveal a way to adjust them separately, i.e., washers, shims, spacers, etc.
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left hand drive vs right hand drive?
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Ah ha. Fair point, Brent. I've never personally seen an "S" intended for left hand drive roads with a "reversed" headlamp assembly. Anyone have pictures?

BMW could certainly have manufactured an exact mirror image design of our aluminum front sub-frame and all related parts.

In any case, the (LH drive?) photo in our service manual and the description still do not match.

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This bike was sold in Australia for left lane riding. Both adjustments are on the right side.

My machine is currently in bits for new brake lines and clutch spline lube and inspection.
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