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RKS125 Rear Number Plate Light Replacement

Blog Date 23 July 2021

By Ren Withnell

Sharon's 2013 RKS 125 is due it's MOT. The rear number plate light is no longer a light, it's now a dark. Time to install a new bulb.

It is not obvious upon first inspection on how to do this. There a no visible screws or removable panels or fixings. However with the aid of a torch I can see, tucked deep under the rear mudguard, two rather rusty crusty screws.

A regulart torch and phillips screwdriver
Essential tools for the task

Using a torch we can see the screw that need to be undone
You'll need the torch to spot these rusty bits.

I fear they won't be coming out and I'll have to strip the whole rear of the bike. Luckily these screws only go into the plastic of the number plate light case and come out easily enough.

The small number plate light housing comes away making access to the bulb easy
Once the screws are out replacment is simple.

This allows the number plate light to come away from the mudguard, giving access to the bulb holder. This takes a 90 degree twist to separate. The bulb is a standard push fit (capless) type which simply pulls out and a new one pushes in. 

Reassembly is obvious and simple with the aid of the torch and screwdriver.

The capless bulb is black on the inside indicating it's past its best
Yeah, I reckon that bulb is done for.


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Reader's Comments

Bogger said :-
That's just terrible. Fancy not cleaning INSIDE the light. I'm surprised at Sharon.

Bogger
06/08/2021 11:36:20 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I know Bogger. 'Arf a job Parker innit. If she were really dedicated not only would she clean inside the light unit but inside the bulb as well. Pfffft.
06/08/2021 12:24:11 UTC
Snod said :-
Good job she bought something decent and not a Japanese bike, when the number plate light on my Kawasaki became a dark it was because the wires had corroded right off the bulb holder. I feel like I'm in some parallel universe sometimes..
06/08/2021 15:32:49 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
That bulbs horrible.
Admonish Madame du Soleil.
Go on, we dare ya.
Upt'North.

06/08/2021 16:42:08 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , was that bulb moonlighting in your garden pond or fish tank and what is that rusty bit of metal in the foreground.......?
Nigel
06/08/2021 20:26:24 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Snod - I figure you have that special reverse Midas touch, I have it too. Everything I touch turns to poop.

Upt' - I'll leave the admonishment to you. Personally I'm too scared of her. Remember, we all gotta sleep sometime.

nab301 - that'll be the bracket for the number plate and indicators. Rusty? Yes. But it's plenty stout enough. Think of it like the radius arms on a car, something else will give up long before the rust sees it off. As for the bulb? 25,000 miles and 8 years of splashing through Britain (and The Netherlands) and living in a biscuit tin will do that you know. You should see how rusty I am.
06/08/2021 20:39:20 UTC
nab301 said :-
Quote "You should see how rusty I am."
Ren , don't go installing grease nipples on any of your stiff/ aching joints before seeking professional (mainstream medical) advice!
Nigel
06/08/2021 21:00:16 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Tell ya what nab301 - if I could invent some kind of medical installation into joints that would allow the application of a human safe lubricant I would be a very wealthy man. I'm sure Ian Soady's bad hip would welcome something like this as well as millions of others. Wake up in the morning, squeeze in a few drops of Ren's Patented Human Safe Joint Easement Solution and you're good to go for the rest of the day.

I'm thinking lard but then the Vegans wouldn't like that. Olive oil?
07/08/2021 09:26:56 UTC
Bill said :-
Why couldn't you take the bulb holder out through the large hole provided and leave the lamp attached? Your extravagance has now cost the price of two new screws as if bulbs are not expensive enough with only an 8 year lifespan.
07/08/2021 16:40:33 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
You're quite correct Bill, it is possible to remove the bulb through the hole. However this is only possible if you have fingers as long as a stick of celery and universally jointed. I did try but I wasn't man enough for the task.

I'm ashamed to admit it but my lack of skills, strength, ability, effort and stubby digits may lead to Sharon's bankruptcy and the repossession of the now fixed keeway. I really ought to not have charged Sharon but I am meaner than Scrooge.
07/08/2021 18:32:35 UTC
Steve B said :-
I believe it is the medusa touch you have Ren, like the film with Richard Burton. God I'm old I know...
07/08/2021 18:45:03 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I had read Wiki's plot summary of the Medusa Touch. It's sounds like a positively grim watch Steve B. No, I don't think I have telekenisis, I do have to actually touch something before I can break it.
07/08/2021 20:09:40 UTC
Steve B said :-
Yes indeed Ren. Makes me think of all the agro caused by the elements and why people fit huggers and front mudguard extensions. The new Honda C125 being the exception with regards to standard weather protection. Of course there may be others?
08/08/2021 10:07:44 UTC
Bill said :-
Ren "fingers as long as a stick of celery and universally jointed"

Or long nosed pliers ;-)
08/08/2021 15:15:00 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
OK OK, may be long nosed pliers... I'm off to have a quiet word with myself.
09/08/2021 13:02:33 UTC

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