Headlight issue


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Headlight issue

Postby Okayamapiper » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:29 am



I own a 99SE and the headlight is acting up. Whenever I turn a hard left, the headlights go out and come back once I return the handle to center. The bike doesn't need to be moving for this to occur. The bike does not have an on/off switch for the lights. Any ideas? Rather than going through the harness, would it be easier to merely bypass the circuit and make a new one with a relay?



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Re: Headlight issue

Postby Bamaeagle » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:53 am

Sounds like it might be a loose ground wire. I would check the wires if it were mine. Would be easier than trying to reinvent the "wheel". I would also check all the connections to the headlight to make sure they were not loose.
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Re: Headlight issue

Postby bustedwing » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:09 pm

Are you pulling on the left handlebar? If so, check the connections at the hi/lo switch. Otherwise, it sounds like a broken wire but that can be in the harness and hard to find.
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Re: Headlight issue

Postby Okayamapiper » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:39 pm

bustedwing wrote:Are you pulling on the left handlebar? If so, check the connections at the hi/lo switch. Otherwise, it sounds like a broken wire but that can be in the harness and hard to find.

I'm not pulling, just turning to the left. As both headlights are affected, I guess it would narrow down which part of the harness I should be checking, but as I have no diagram, I do not know where or what color wire to look for.

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Re: Headlight issue

Postby redial » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:25 pm

Go to the manuals tab, and have a look at the manuals that are listed. I think there is one for most occasions, even electrical trouble shooting. Have fun!
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Re: Headlight issue

Postby Okayamapiper » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:45 pm

redial wrote:Go to the manuals tab, and have a look at the manuals that are listed. I think there is one for most occasions, even electrical trouble shooting. Have fun!

I've already tried that, but the manual I need is imbedded in a program designed for a 32 bit version of Windows and mine is a 64 bit version so the program won't run.

As the hi/lo beam switch doesn't work when the lights are off, is it safe to assume that the break is before the switch as it seem unlikely that both hi and lo circuit wires would be broken and that both would reconnect when I turn the handle back?

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Re: Headlight issue

Postby Okayamapiper » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:49 pm

I wish to thank everybody for their help. It appears the previous owner tried to wire in an on/off switch and gave up, leaving the hot wire to the headlight cut and twisted together with only electrical tape keeping the splice together. A little shrink tube and a soldering iron has corrected this problem. Now I only have to figure out how to beat the head as evaporative cooling doesn't work with the local humidity...

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Re: Headlight issue

Postby redial » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:46 pm

Now I only have to figure out how to beat the head as evaporative cooling doesn't work with the local humidity...


Try a little tap on the head :lol: It might not do much for the humidity, but it beats beating the "head".
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Re: Headlight issue

Postby Okayamapiper » Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:39 am

Okayamapiper wrote:I wish to thank everybody for their help. It appears the previous owner tried to wire in an on/off switch and gave up, leaving the hot wire to the headlight cut and twisted together with only electrical tape keeping the splice together. A little shrink tube and a soldering iron has corrected this problem. Now I only have to figure out how to beat the head as evaporative cooling doesn't work with the local humidity...

Sorry for the typo... heat not head

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Re: Headlight issue

Postby Blackngold » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:53 am

evap. cooling (compressor/freon-A/C) generally dont work well in low humidity settings. If this is your situation try what they use in the Southwest USA-- slang name is swamp coolers. Basicly a 3'x3'x3' metal box w/open slats/slits on four sides sitting on roof over distribution ducts. On the insideof the slits is a fiber media where water is pumped to the top of the box and then free flows down media. A fan then pulls outside air across the wet media adding humidty and cooling the air as its pumped thru the ducts. Google swamp cooler or evaporative cooler to get a btr idea of what i'm talking about. Good luck chilling out! 8-)




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