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Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

Hello, I have some questions regarding the laws that apply to motorcycles with HID projectors.
I would like to install an HID kit on my motorcycle (this one, to be precise).
Before spending lots of money for the kit and the work, I'd like to know if this type of conversion is legal in Switzerland.
I have read many stories about Xenon projectors in Europe. I have gathered three main points:
  • The headlight unit should be designed to work with HID projectors
  • The headlight unit should have a cleaning mechanism (spray) to clean the lens from dirt
  • The HID projector should auto-level, to avoid blinding oncoming traffic while going over bumbs, etc.
Now, these regulations should apply to the EU. As we all know, Switzerland is not an EU country. So I'm asking: what rules apply in our territory?
These laws are about cars, but I know of some motorcycles sold stock with HID lights and I don't think they are equipped with automatic washers (but they do auto-level with a servo motor) . Example: BMW K1600 GT

Can anyone with a bit more experience on the topic chime in? I'll send a mail to the local MFK asking the same thing, tomorrow.
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Re: Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

Let us know the response. You'll likely need to conform to the european requirements and everything will need to be E marked, most likely as an entire unit.
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Re: Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

I'm in the same position I was looking for a Xenon kit for my 1988 GL 1500 Goldwing in Polo and they said that would probably fail the MFK on the basis of the auto height adjustment and or compatability of the reflector / lens. Looking at the kits on line they don't seem to gurantee this compatability or even specify it. So on that basis the only improvement I could make to improve the candle power of the original H4 bulb was an Osram rated at 110% increase in output over the original 35watt bulb.
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Re: Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

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I'm in the same position I was looking for a Xenon kit for my 1988 GL 1500 Goldwing in Polo and they said that would probably fail the MFK on the basis of the auto height adjustment and or compatability of the reflector / lens. Looking at the kits on line they don't seem to gurantee this compatability or even specify it. So on that basis the only improvement I could make to improve the candle power of the original H4 bulb was an Osram rated at 110% increase in output over the original 35watt bulb.
My experience with "brighter" bulbs for cars and bikes is they just burn out faster
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Re: Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

Hopefully not as the bugger cost three times as much
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My experience with "brighter" bulbs for cars and bikes is they just burn out faster
Not only that but the extra heat yellows the glass & needs to be replaced at MFK time costing $$$$
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Re: Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

unless its swiss certified then it will fail the MFK, as your bike is pre Xenon's then they will stand out a mile and guarantee a fail.

Also agree with bulbs burning out quicker, I bought a very expensive set of Osram Night Breaker bulbs - everyone on a car forum raved about how bright they are, within 2 months they had both blown
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Re: Laws regarding HID/Xenon projectors on motorcycles

Nightbreakers are well known for not lasting long. Definite MFK fail I would imagine. In cars in order to retrofit you need to have self levelling and headlight washers
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