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    Clear Lens Indicator Bulbs-RY10w replacements???

    I thought I'd get a spare indicator bulb for my 2012 G650GS-RY10w these are a BAU15s base off set bayonet(called 150 deg) 10watt amber bulb with small round head. $3.60 ea as seen on BMW parts fiche-I can live with that but when you throw in pstg & fact that they are NOT! in a AP's store near you or me they become less loved by this tightwad.
    On Modern Vespa some there (sameo on front indicators of a late model Vespa) are taking 1156 amber & removing one stud from base but that's a 27watt bulb, not 10watt. Now looking at Chinese Led's with 1156 base @ the heights of various led's construction types.
    What are others doing here-these are also found on other BMW models & I saw same lts/winkers on an Aprilia MC the other day too.
    I have this on F650 & not a reply yet.
    After searching a bit there are Kawa's,Buell's,HD's, and a few others that use these and as some are finding these bulbs quoted at ridiculous prices over $10 each there's no shortage of people looking at where to buy-@ BMW's price they are actually one of the least $$$. I may switch mine to wedge base, halogen, amber 10w bulbs which are brighter,cheaper & common and Chinese are selling BAU-15s base adaptors on the cheap @ less than $8 for 4. You can buy 10 halogen bulbs & the adapter set for less than some sell the RY10w bulb for one bulb.
    Last edited by kantuckid; 12-04-2013 at 05:07 PM.
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    I have faced this precisely once, and I ended up buying a new bulb - in person - from a BMW dealer.

    The B-15 base looks pretty much like the bub bases we're used to, but the two locking pins are not at 180? to each other. Don's Bulbs has more information than you probably want to know. Some folks have bought an auto store 10w bulb and filed off one of the pins, feeling comfortable that the bulb will stay in the socket. That made me feel twitchy.

    I now have a spare RY-10W because, wanting amber lenses in the back, I bought these eBay knockoff turn signals http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-T...8db532&vxp=mtr; they came with bulbs.
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    How can you keep them down on the farm once they've seen Paris?

    Lots of BMW guys try, wanting to continue their parts shopping habits and apply them to their BMW.

    The best approach is to assume that if you have a German vehicle, PepBoys, NAPA, etc., don't have parts for you. They don't have fasteners at Home Depot, either.

    Shop at your dealer. Or at a BMW specialist such as Euromotoelectrics.com.

    You know, of course, that WalMart gave up and left Germany?
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    When does "parts school" let out?
    I don't have a "your dealer"- is a phone call/web buy away from the boonies...
    FWIW, I've "shopped for" BMW parts since 1969. Most Wally's have most bulbs. I went in a multi line MC dealer other day(sold MC's that used that bulb too & said it was a special order item-we are talking a turn signal bulb that goes in other than German stuff here. So far I know of these: Chinese & Vespa scoots,Aprilia,Royal Enfield,Triumph & BMW MC's.

    see my edit above in 1st post.
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    Philips USA doesn't even distribute this bulb in USA-they told me to ask Philips UK who doesn't answer. Don's bulbs www.donsbulbs.com charges a $20 fee to "search for free" as they call it but is a deposit on a purchase that has no price quote up front. Then you can pay his price plus the shipping from UK or other Euro country from a source where you could have bought it online in the first place. BMW MC dealer is the cheapest source for these even though many, many other MC's use them. Some brands charge $20 for one 10w bulb! Some German cars use that base but a higher wattage, thus longer bulb.
    I ask a Bulgarian parts house for an online quote just out of curiosity as they list the "real ones" for a little over a dollar. These little bulbs are $24.95 for two on ebay from Hong Kong.
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

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