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Offline shaggyshack

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Legality of HID conversions in UK
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:57:40 PM »
Having just purchased an HID conversion kit, but not yet fitted, I was googling to find fitting instructions etc and found that they are illegal in the UK?? Now, it's entirely down to my naivety that I didn't check first, but I'm interested in any views you might have concerning this? I'm reluctant to fit them and find, most importantly, that my insurance is invalid in the event of needing to make a claim! Lots of scare stories around when I started to check so a little cautious right now :148:
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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 06:20:44 PM »
I think you must have the following (strictly speaking)

1).  Self-levelling suspension

2)   Headlamp washing system.

So - Bikes won't normally comply (legally)

Is my recollection

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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 06:51:16 PM »
Yeah, I've seen some bits and pieces on the regs etc. Are you HID or not?
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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017, 07:08:38 PM »
No, but considering them..........   :164:

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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 07:17:44 PM »

Only issue I see is if you have a big bump and someone gets seriously hurt, it'll be a vehicle exam on the bike.

Then a matter of if the light had any cause in the event, I thought about it but decided I don't ride enough in the night to warrant faffin about with it.

Your insurance could also use it to knob you off as they could also do a vehicle exam.

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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017, 07:21:47 PM »
Well...Bennetts, who I'm insured with at the moment have a standard list of approved modifications which actually does include lights, which require no addition to the policy and are acceptable! :046:
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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017, 07:25:02 PM »
F :005: k me, common sense has been discovered, shame they over priced on my recent renewal  :010:
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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 07:32:09 PM »
A biker concerned that something is illegal  :001: how times change e'h!!!!!

The illegal part of HID is its illegal to retrofit now I come from an era where niether that or pipes/number plates( I run a 7x5)where the least of of my concerns and still are although anyone crossing a double white line I'd have publicly executed!! Ooops I've digressed!!.

I've used an HID on my 1100s for what must be 10 years and probably more than that because when coming back from the 24 hour at Le-Mans in April up the A34 in the pitch black it was worth its weight in gold.

Why anyone would need an HID main beam I've no idea on dip it was and still is good enough to cruise in 3 figures,the reason I haven't fitted one on the XR or any of my others bikes we get off the 9.15pm ferry straight into the Ibis in Portsmouth and ride home the following morning 😀

Just fit it the law hasn't got enough man power to stop all the morons on their mobile phones never mind if you have an HID  :002:

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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 07:34:06 PM »
*Originally Posted by Gatsoburner [+]
F :005: k me, common sense has been discovered, shame they over priced on my recent renewal  :010:

Don't get too excited - they always have the caveat, that your bike is road legal............

But - they would have to show (or credibly query) that the lighting contributed materially to the incident - in order to stall or reject the claim.


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Re: Legality of HID conversions in UK
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 07:37:32 PM »
You have an accident that bad that they start checking if you have an HID you ain't going to around anyway!!!.