Front Parking lights


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Front Parking lights

Postby Sidcar » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:40 am



My 1500GL is a USA built machine. With the key in the parking light position the rear lights are on but not the front lights either side of the headlight but these do work when the ignition is on.
Is this correct, I'd like them to work as parking lights.

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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby dingdong » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:25 am

Yes, that is correct. That is so you can be seen from the rear if parked on the side of the road.
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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby Sidcar » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:35 am

The snag is in this country the law likes a light on the front as well if your parked where there's no street lighting.

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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:21 pm

It's certainly not impossible, but you'd likely have to install a relay or two to do it. The front marker lights are wired differently than the rear, as the low-level filaments get switched off when the turn signal gets turned on.

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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby Sidcar » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:39 pm

As there are two 5w lights at the front I'll probably convert one of them to a parking light.


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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby regwal » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:58 am

I have a 1500 SE and wanted parking lights on front to protect the bike when in dimly lighted parking. I chose to use single LEDs wired to hot side of battery with fuse and switch. For the front I drilled a hole through the cornering light buckets and inserted the single LED. Sealed with silicone for good measure and that was that. I have easily seen markers that use hardly any power so can be left on almost forever. These single LED lights can be found online or at any auto body/customizing shop, and come in colors. Mine are purple and can be seen brightly when headlights are turned off, but not when on. My cornering lights are wired to be on when ignition switch is in run position.

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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby newday777 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:01 am

Sidcar wrote:As there are two 5w lights at the front I'll probably convert one of them to a parking light.


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Change those to LED tower bulbs to save battery drain while parked for any length of time. Same for any rear lights in that circuit.

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Re: Front Parking lights

Postby Sidcar » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:18 pm

I've bought a bunch of four single LED's which I hope to fit in the grill on the fairing and wire up to the rear lights.


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