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post #11 of 23 Old 11-08-2012, 12:13 AM
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I have had these same issues recently. 2011 with hust over 10,000 miles. I hadn't seen this thread but I did get directed over to black lab and he was, as you all said, extremely helpful.

My bike had some Eastern Beaver extenders on it and the one that came out of the connector behind the radiator fried. I should have bought their relay switch to start with. I checked and cleaned the starter, hi-lo switch, connector behind the cowling, under the hood, and finally got to the connector behind the radiator.

I think the real answer is it install the relays as the original system seems to create issues in 1 of the 3 places sooner or later.


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post #12 of 23 Old 11-08-2012, 01:20 PM
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The real answer...
RichardD has part of it.

Originally Posted by RichardD View Post
Another thing you might want to consider. In Black lab's first picture you'll notice the two pronged metal contact point, that the sliding black part with the four contact points slides over , has an issue sometimes too. Press down on it and it should move up and down freely to make proper contact, due to a small spring under it. If it doesn't move freely, you need to pry it out and slightly bend the two sides to make it move freely .
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Did you push down on the part with the two contacts to see if the spring under it pushes it back up for proper contact ? I talked about it in my post above. My friends bike started acting up and he's a motorcycle mechanic. His wasn't popping back up. He pried the part out and either pushed the metal taps in or out, I can't remember which, to make the part come back up and make good contact. It fixed the problem on his bike of the lights cutting out.
The rest of the story is, remove (break off) the plastic tit that fits inside the spring, and slightly relieve the plastic grooves that the contact prongs slide into with an exacto knife or something.

All this info was here, but got deleted.
You won't find this on the other referenced site. When the problem came back, his solution was to (unnecessarily) bypass the switch altogether.
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post #13 of 23 Old 11-11-2012, 01:57 PM
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Can people here get tired of hearing "Thank-you's"?
Found the little spring under the sliding contacts of the switch and it was indeed a bit stuck. Searched through multiple pens but no substitute springs on hand would fit, so satisfied myself with slightly bending the contacts up a bit and applying a bit of grease to aide movement.
Removed the weatherstrip packing inserted previously and all is working again.
Glad to know were to go if the problem crops up again and that it is fixable without purchasing a whole new assembly.

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post #14 of 23 Old 04-26-2015, 12:14 PM
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Just followed BlackLab's instructions after a fun night ride home without lights! I am not mechanically inclined but the instructions are crystal clear and the repair took about 40 minutes. Many thanks to BlackLab and this forum!
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post #15 of 23 Old 04-26-2015, 01:32 PM
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I also have the Eastern Beaver headlight relay to possibly avoid problems down the road. I believe I picked this tip up from Greywolf a while back. When starting my bike I press the starter switch, then turn the key on & pull the clutch lever to start the motor. This way the headlights only come on when the motor is actually running.

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post #16 of 23 Old 06-29-2015, 01:31 AM
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Thumbs up Thank you all!!

Long time lurker here...thank god for all of you that post this wealth of knowledge!! After changing the coolant, oil, rerouting fairing power (for my USB & heated grips), tightening & oiling my chain, I took her out for a test ride.

Smooth as butter.

However, when I got back, my headlights wouldn't come back on putting her in the garage.

After removing the fairing and troubleshooting (fuses all ok), I started playing with the starter switch. Low and behold, they flickered on. I plan on applying some kind of fix tomorrow...none too soon either!! In 19 days I head out with my buddies for our annual trip.

Thanks again everyone for all of your contributions! Oh, curious about my annual trips (including the upcoming one)? Check out my site www[dot]kupo[dot]club (I can't link because I don't have 10 posts yet - I totally get it though).
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post #17 of 23 Old 03-25-2016, 04:07 PM
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Hmm. I hope I didn't find this too late.

Same problem as everyone else but after applying BlackLab's maintenance procedure, still no joy but when I pressed down on the upper switch plate the lights came on. Not having read the part about checking the spring and movement of the dual raised contact points, I applied some solder to raise the contact points a bit. I've now done the off-starter-release cycle about 6 times and the lights come on every time.

I also installed the Eastern Beaver relays system last fall and have a replacement switch just in case. Guess I'll just monitor it and see how it goes.

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post #18 of 23 Old 05-14-2016, 02:07 AM
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So I've just had this problem, but the switch internals have disintegrated. On dismantling today it fell apart. So have ordered a new switch block and an Eastern Beaver relay kit. Hoping the switch block arrives in time for the Quorn trip, but I know the Eastern Beaver stuff wont.
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post #19 of 23 Old 09-01-2016, 12:39 PM
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Any direct links to the parts?

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post #20 of 23 Old 09-01-2016, 01:15 PM
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There are many online suppliers. Supply year, and model and we can supply a part number for the right side handlebar switch. Do an Internet search on the part number and a whole list of sellers will be found. Your profile only says Wee and different years had different switches.

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