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Protect your motorcycle headlight

Triumph Bonneville T100 headlight protector

All new bikes should come with headlight protectors as modern Xenon and LED headlights can be very expensive to replace, some more than $2000!

It only takes one errant rock to drain your hip pocket.

And don’t be fooled into thinking it is only adventure bikes that are susceptible to copping a rock in the lamp. In fact, the two times I’ve broken a headlight have been on tar roads on a road bike.

Smashed headlight
Smashed headlight

Most motorcycle companies don’t fit them as standard because they know they can charge a small fortune for their factory protectors, even though they are just a simple piece of clear and hard plastic.

That’s why there are many aftermarket companies supplying cheaper options that are by no means less protective. One is Australian Motorcycle Headlight Protectors, now situated in East Gosford on the Central Coast of NSW.

They are quality headlight protectors made from 3mm high-grade acrylic and they attach via a velcro fitting. An example of cost is $53, plus postage, for my 2010 Triumph Bonneville T100.

Triumph Bonneville T100 headlight protector
Triumph Bonneville T100 headlight protector

I ordered a seven-inch protector for my six-inch light to cover just outside the glass to ensure a stone doesn’t chip the edge which could lead to an eventual crack right across the light.

They have headlight protectors and fittings for almost every manufacturer: Aprilia, Arqin, Benelli, Bimota, BMW, Buell, Cagiva, Ducati, Gilera, Harley Davidson, Honda, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Hyosung, Kawasaki, KTM, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, MV Augusta, Porsche, Sachs, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

Australian Motorcycle Headlight Potectors for Yamaha MT09
Protector for Yamaha MT09

They keep adding protectors for the new models, too. They also have universal headlight protectors to fit older and less common models.

AMHP now stocks tinted headlight protectors in amber, red, green, dark smoky tint, smoky tint, dark blue and blue. You can pick the colour from their website, although there are some new colours – yellow transparent, black matte or shiny, and white matte or shiny.

AMHP points out that these are not for road use and may not be permitted in your jurisdiction, so check first before fitting.

Speaking of which, fitting is a simple and quick process using clear velcro dots so you can easily remove the cover for cleaning.

If you have any technical difficulties with ordering online, you contact them by email.

  1. Or you could go down to your local hardware store buy a jigsaw a heat gun and a sheet of acrylic and some clear silastic and make your own. $50 for a disk and some Velcro is a bit much but I suppose it depends on the source of the acrilyc hardware stores could charge as much as forty dollars for a sheet large enough to do three of them.
    There is a film that you can get that self adheres to the head light, not as protective as a seperate piece of acrylic but it will prevent a lot of harm and UV damage. It costs about $20 of any eBay type site and you can cut it with scissors and apply it with a hairdryer.

  2. For a glass headlight? Sure. For an acrylic lens? No. In 20 years of riding (much of it as a professional motorcyclist full-time) I’ve never had a stone through a headlight. I’ve had a chip out of a glass lens, twice, but my acrylic-lensed bikes soak up the blows and stones just bounce right off. I’m ahead now financially, by not buying protectors, even if I do break a headlight some time. Still, if you like the belt-and-braces approach, it’s your money – go right ahead. Worst that can happen is you buy a protector and don’t break a headlight! 🙂

  3. I have seen dozens of holed radiators and many smashed glass headlights but it has been a very long time since I have seen either a car or motorcycle headlight smashed. Don’t see the point in putting plastic in front of plastic. I do have a heavy transparent protective film on the front of a number of parts of the bike (including the headlight) that are most likely to get gravel rash from stones and rocks hitting the bike when off road. Then its a simple matter of peeling that off when you sell the bike and no chipped or warn fairings or headlights. Available from most MX stores just for that purpose.

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