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post #1 of 7 Old 08-04-2019, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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New to forum, AAANNd? A ground problem

Just bought my 2009 DL1000, left it for a few hours today and battery died, boosted to get home. Neighbor just knocked on door, said " Your lights are on" I go out and tailight is on. Must be a ground issue--I know. Are there typical locations, physical locations, I should check?

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Check first that you did not turn your ignition key to the park position (the position after fork locking), https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...ng-lights.html. This is a problem that has often caught many owners.
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Yep - check the park light position on your ignition switch.
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That's a good picture.
I haven't gotten close enough to the switch to notice the "Push" indication before. That answers the question of some sticky key operations. Pump the key a couple times and the key turns easily.
I rarely ever use the lock setting and don't think I've ever turned the key to Park.
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I have - on the day I brought my V-Strom home from the dealer.
How embarrassing - one day old and the battery was out and on the charger.
And that was the one and ONLY time.
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Thanks, folks. I feel like a real noob now. I was getting ready to put it on the jack and look for a pinched wire.
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+1 on the pix, Brockie. It's now become a habit, like parking the bike in 1st gear while on the side stand, that I check and double check either the tail light or ignition before I walk away from my bike. Needless to say I was also caught, with a flat battery before, by turn the key too far in the ignition. I would like to think that it is part of the V-Strom learning curve.
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