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Headlights are destroyed

Just picked up the bike from a friends from winter storage, he ran it regularly for a long time to keep the battery going and stuff in the garage, on the way home i noticed alot of light reflecting back into the fairing, more than just the white edge, looked at the headlamps they are totally destroyed, melted blobs. there were towels draped over the fairings and blocking any air from the headlamps when it was being run, plus the high beams were on also, i can't blame anyone and i appreciate the winter storage. so unfortunately i have to pony up and get new ones i saw some used ones at af1, but they are scratched and mine were perfect, there are no scratches or anything on the bike so i want it like it was, sucks i was going to buy the oxtar evo white race boots tomorow, i've got the cash but the headlights are going to be about 450 so i'll just wait on the boots this just really sucks, and its not even so much the money, i wanted to go riding tomorow, first day its going to be really nice, now i have to wait for who knows how long for new headlamps, i'm sure its not a stock item

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Time to invest in a $40 battery tender? was to keep the battery going AND STUFF meaning he wanted to keep the fluids running through the bike and stuff...I think That's really lame though...I bet if you search around hard enough you might be able to get a deal off of here,, eBay/eBay UK etc... __________________

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