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post #1 of 20 Old 01-09-2019, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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light stays on trouble

hey guys, i'm new here and in the vstorm world (motorcycle world to be true got my license by the end of the summer)
last time i've used my vtrom (2009 dl650A) the light on the bike all stays on both low beam and rear marker lamp, event with the key off and out of the ignition switch, never turn off until i've restart the bike and stoped it again, the next day when i've get to start it battery was completely dead (new one from about a month before) i've charged the battery and every thing was good
the bike is now stored for winter but when i've parked it in the garage the same problem happen again until i've unpluged the battery

do anyone have a clue where i can start my start research to repair this problem ?

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ps. sorry if my english is not right i'm from quebec and don't practice it enough hope you can understand most of it haha
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First of all welcome to the forum. Once you have fixed your bike you will find a lot of good and useful info here.

Check out NEVA19 when it comes out. It's our NE meet typically first weekend in August. This year likely in NH, 2018 was in Ontario. Maybe next year in Quebec?

Now to your problem, I have no definite answer, others will hopefully chime in with more direct experience or memory where to look. Do a google search for headlight staying on on stromtrooper.com
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There are many instances where they don't come on, need to check the starter switch. NOTE: On the 2005 and newer bike the headlights are being routed through that switch in order to turn them off while cranking. Too much load on that switch and they frequently burn up. Instructions here: https://blacklabadventures.com/2012/...h-maintenance/

If not installed on your bike I recommend to install a headlight relay set from Eastern Beaver https://easternbeaver.com/Main/main.html

If I remember right there have been reports about the ignition switch acting up. I would investigate that possibility after checking the starter switch.

Whilst you are fixing the electrical system add a digital V-meter (a cheap one from e-bay is just fine) to the setup to be able to monitor the health of the charging system, another known potential trouble component. In case the alternator is on it's way out, it gives you some prior warning and hopefully will prevent you from getting stranded in the middle of the James Bay road ;-)
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First of all welcome to the forum. Once you have fixed your bike you will find a lot of good and useful info here.

Check out NEVA19 when it comes out. It's our NE meet typically first weekend in August. This year likely in NH, 2018 was in Ontario. Maybe next year in Quebec?

Now to your problem, I have no definite answer, others will hopefully chime in with more direct experience or memory where to look. Do a google search for headlight staying on on stromtrooper.com


There are many instances where they don't come on, need to check the starter switch. NOTE: On the 2005 and newer bike the headlights are being routed through that switch in order to turn them off while cranking. Too much load on that switch and they frequently burn up.

If not installed on your bike I recommend to install a headlight relay set from Eastern Beaver

If I remember right there have been reports about the ignition switch acting up. I would investigate that possibility after checking the starter switch.

Whilst you are fixing the electrical system add a digital V-meter (a cheap one from e-bay is just fine) to the setup to be able to monitor the health of the charging system, another known potential trouble component. In case the alternator is on it's way out, it gives you some prior warning and hopefully will prevent you from getting stranded in the middle of the James Bay road ;-)
thank for that bud ! first time i heard from the V-METER but i will definitly look up for that !! i am looking to get my passport to do some ride your side of the border ! i'm living about 15 minutes from the border so i'll probably get to make some ride in the great america !
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Great then you should definitely look into this event:

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Are you turning the key too far and turning on the park lights ?

Try turning the key fully to the left then turn it one click back to the right before removing the key.
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Are you turning the key too far and turning on the park lights ?

Try turning the key fully to the left then turn it one click back to the right before removing the key.

That is just a parking light, OP says the low beams are on too.

Sounds like a relay sticking....

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Because he is new I though he maybe confusing the parking light and the low beam globe ??
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Are you turning the key too far and turning on the park lights ?

Try turning the key fully to the left then turn it one click back to the right before removing the key.
no the key was at OFF position and even out of the switch
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I haven't had this problem personally, but have read several other posters found that water got into the ignition switch (for some it was a connector). Many of them related the issue as occurring after having washed the bike.

Any recent maintenance, wash, or rain exposure?
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Are you turning the key too far and turning on the park lights ?

Try turning the key fully to the left then turn it one click back to the right before removing the key.
Fair question, I did the same thing during the day when I first got my bike. (killed the battery) The "LOCK" position and "PARK" position were too close for me me tell.

After you unplugged the battery to turn the lights off, if you reconnect the battery do the lights come back on?

Don't drop your bike after owning it for 3 hours.
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