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

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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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Old 11-11-2012, 01:57 PM
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Bingo!
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.

Cheers All!
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