Question 1: I have been having electrical issues with my bike for a while and this afternoon I decided to troubleshoot one of the issues. Every now and then I have the headlight out indicator light appear on the dashboard. Sometimes it stays on for a while and then goes back out. It has been doing this for 12 plus months. When the indicator light is "on" the high beam bulb does work but the low beam works fine.
So today I removed the high beam bulb and noticed that the connector that plugs into the bulb is melted. I have also notice for several months that the actual inside of the glass lens of the headlight look "frosted" on the high beam side, like the bulb is getting too hot. I vaguely remember getting a non-stock high beam bulb from the local BMW dealer the last time a replaced the bulb. BTW, I always ride with the high beam turned on.
Has anybody else had this issue before? I plan on getting a new connector and bulb from Autozone and splicing it in to replace the melted connector unless anybody has a different suggestion.
Question 2: Now comes the real question. As I mentioned I have had several electrical issues over the last 12 months. Here is a brief recap: I lost the use of my blinkers, horn, flashers, trip meter, heated hand grips and ABS(flashing brake failure), the rear brake light stayed on the whole time, along with the headlight out indicator light showing on the dash for several months. But after several months everything started working again except the ABS and the brake light. I replaced the micro switch on the handlebar for the brake and the brake light works fine now. 98% of the time my ABS(flashing brake failure light) and servos do NOT work but every now and then while riding the flashing brake failure light goes out and my ABS and servos work great until I turn the bike off. When I restart the bike the flashing brake light appears and the ABS and servos do not work.
So here is my second question. The first indication that I remember 12 months ago when all this started happening was that my headlight out indicator would appear every now and then on my dash. If I remember correctly the other electrical issues started after the head light issue. Do you think that the melted high beam connector could have caused all of the issues considering the bike uses a canbus? Thanks for any input you might have. The dealer suggested to replace the entire wiring harness as a first step to diagnosing the problem, which would cost over $1,000, I said no to that. Thanks again.