How to Change a Headlight in a Suzuki Katana

The fully-enclosed bodywork of Suzuki's Katana 600 and 750 feature graceful, rounded curves that turn the sport-touring motorcycle into a work of art. Unfortunately, the said bodywork also inhibits a quick and easy access to the vital components that make the Katana run, complicating basic maintenance tasks, such as changing a burnt-out headlight. With no visible means of accessing the headlight without dismantling the motorcycle, the simple task of changing the bulb can quickly become a frustrating ordeal. Luckily, the bulb can be replaced without the need for a single tool.

Park the motorcycle on a smooth, level surface and turn the ignition switch to the "OFF" position.

Reach under the front fairing and grasp the rubber boot on the back of the headlamp assembly. Twist the boot from side to side, until it can be pulled from the headlamp assembly. Pull the boot and headlight bulb away from the headlight.

Remove the old headlight bulb from the wiring harness connector and rubber boot. Insert the prongs of a new headlight bulb into the wiring harness connector. Slide the rubber boot to the base of the headlight bulb.

Place the headlight bulb and rubber boot onto the headlamp assembly. Press firmly on the rubber boot to seat it onto the headlamp.

Turn the ignition switch on and check that the headlight is illuminated. Check the bulb's connection with the wiring harness if the headlight does not illuminate.


Do not touch the glass portion of the new headlight bulb. Halogen bulbs are extremely sensitive to oils present on human skin.

Things You'll Need

  • H14 headlight bulb, 12V60/55W
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An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.