Being able to adjust your motorcycle headlights is a key step towards securing your own safety. There will be times on the road when the headlight is your only source of light. Headlights can change position due to a variety of reasons. It's important that you know how to adjust your headlights quickly to save yourself time having to rectify them during a journey.
1. The Manual
The manual for the motorcycle will tell you everything you need to know about adjusting your motorcycle headlight, so read it carefully. It will tell you whether you will be able to adjust the headlights by hand or if you will need a tool to loosen specific screws or bolts first. Use the manual as a guide to learn where all of the key components are located.
2. Points of Reference
Points of reference will be vital in making sure you adjust your motorcycle headlights correctly each time. Start by marking a point roughly 20 to 25 feet away from a flat wall or a garage door. Measure the distance from this mark up to your headlight. Measure the same distance from the floor upwards on the wall or garage door and mark this point. You will have now created a level point of reference, which you can use every single time you have to make adjustments to your motorcycle headlights.
A good tip is to loosen and tighten the screws or bolts that fix the headlights into place, regularly. You should be able to do this quite quickly. You need to do this is because it will stop the screws from becoming too tight. Over time, moisture in the air will cause screws or bolts to rust slightly. If you do not routinely loosen them, they can become too stiff to turn. This means you will not be able to make necessary adjustments when you need to and it could also permanently alter the angle of your motorcycle headlights.
This is a very active step, but if you practice adjusting your motorcycle headlights, it will save you time if you have to make emergency adjustments on the road. This could be incredibly important if your headlights get knocked out of position during the middle of the night. There is no need to time yourself, but you should be able to get a feel of how to adjust the headlights when you are out of your comfort zone.
5. Tape Measure
Always carry a tape measure with you when you travel. If you do, this it means you will always be able to measure out and create a point of reference for headlight adjustments. This will be important if your headlights get badly knocked out of place and you are in the middle of nowhere.
If you want to check that you have adjusted your headlights correctly, use a mirror. You can shine the beam into the mirror and check to see whether it has the required effect.