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Old 12-16-2009, 11:02 PM
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Default Ignition Switch on PE and dead battery

Came out of work tonight and noticed the parking lights were lit up on the Wee. 35 degrees out and sure enough the battery was too drained to turn it over, had to get jumped...

Apparently I turned the ignition all the way round past lock to PE and pulled the key out. Is it normal for the key to come out of the ignition when in the PE setting? Never tried it before until today.

Was daytime when I went into work so didn't notice the parking lights on....
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:18 PM
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Came out of work tonight and noticed the parking lights were lit up on the Wee. 35 degrees out and sure enough the battery was too drained to turn it over, had to get jumped...

Apparently I turned the ignition all the way round past lock to PE and pulled the key out. Is it normal for the key to come out of the ignition when in the PE setting? Never tried it before until today.

Was daytime when I went into work so didn't notice the parking lights on....
in a word...yes.
I have learned to look before leaving the bike with the forks locked.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:38 PM
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That's what I figured, just never done it before. One more post ride check to add to the list.

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Yep..... I did that once this summer. A friend even said, hey it looks like you left your lights on. Let an idiot I said "Nope, couldn't be". Came back out a few hours later and sure enough they were on.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:16 AM
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Apparently I turned the ignition all the way round past lock to PE and pulled the key out. Is it normal for the key to come out of the ignition when in the PE setting? Never tried it before until today.

Was daytime when I went into work so didn't notice the parking lights on....
Did exactly that last week. Felt like a right twat. Looking at the back of the bike is now part of my routine.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:25 AM
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Yep..... I did that once this summer. A friend even said, hey it looks like you left your lights on. Let an idiot I said "Nope, couldn't be". Came back out a few hours later and sure enough they were on.
I have done the same exact thing, It's how I learned to jump start a bike.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:32 AM
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Welcome to the club. I've done it as well. How I learned that you can push start a 'Strom. And how I learned that I don't want to do it again!
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:39 PM
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I have a voltmeter and running lights on a fuse block that is relay triggered to the tail light wire. If I put the switch in Park, I get lights visible from any angle and the voltmeter beeps due to low voltage.
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this is a frequent thing to me. I sometimes even forget to take the key out completely with it in the on position. greywolf's voltmeter beeping makes me wonder if it would be posible to hook up some type of tiny radioshack speaker that could do a single chime if the ignition hits the parking mode.
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:27 AM
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This is a pet peeve of mine about bikes in general. There should be an indicator light for when your ignition is turned to the ACC position. Cars have them. Bikes should too. It can't be a cost thing, just laziness in the design.
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