CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS


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CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby Jegrover1 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:24 am



I have read these lights described as both drive lights and cornering lights. They are the clear ones in front of the engine. So here's the question : My right one comes on only when I use the right turn signal - However, the left one is on all of the time . . . Don't know which one is right or which one needs fixing and what is wrong it the ones that is correct... Any ideas out there?



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Re: CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby made2care » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:33 am

I believe they are only supposed to come on when turn signal is engaged, hence the term "cornering light". Admin has a piece on how to modify to "running light" which simply entails some wire and led bulb mods.

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Re: CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:34 am

Made2care is right.The early 15's had cornering lights that came on with the signals.In 96 or 98 they turned them into driving lights.You can turn them on all the time,but it won't help you see better at night.It'll just make the bike look bigger coming toward you.
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Re: CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby Fiberthree » Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:41 pm

Actually, the later model SE had them on at all time. The Aspencade was the one with the cornering lights. You might have a stuck or corroded relay on yours or, if you are not the original owner, it may have been re-wired wrong by the PO. I think the connectors for the cornering lights are on the frame down tubes close to the lower cowl near the lights. You'll have to remove the cowl to find out.
Here is more info on the subject from this board. Note the third post by cbx4evr
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Re: CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby joeincalif » Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:55 am

The Aspencade did not come with those lights, they were stock on the SE, they came on with the turn signals until 98 when Honda made them running lights, they came on with the headlights. I had a 92 Aspencade that I added them to, I aslo had a 98 SE that they were stock on and running lights, and now my 97 SE has them from Honda and they are cornering lights, they come with the urn signals.
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Re: CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby urbanmadness » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:22 pm

Interesting, my '89 has them. But of course there is no telling what the PO did to the bike. It has just about every piece of fake chrome farkle you can imagine.

Mine have been rewired so that they are on all the time or they were installed that way... It's an '89 Aspy.

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Re: CORNERING LIGHTS / DRIVE LIGHTS

Postby joeincalif » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:41 pm

The wire harness was there to connect them on all 1500's but the SE was the only one that came stock from Honda with them. When I put them on my 92 I wired them to an on/off switch and used them as running lights


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