This gets more and more interesting all the time. I am a combat veteran; but, when I look at wiring diagrams and schematics, I just want to grab a blanket and a pacifier and curl up in a corner and cry. Having said that, I guess I'll have to do some extensive reading and learn more. Heck, it's what I do for most things. As ignorant as I am though, I am always willing to show my ignorance and to tap into the knowledge of others.
In the meantime, I belong to forums pertaining to all my hobbies. One of those is motorcycles. The nice thing about these forums is that one can rely on the experiences and expertise of others. The unfortunate thing is that you get different answers that seem to conflict when you are (I am) not the subject matter expert. I went last night from "problem solved" and ready to do this on Saturday to, this morning, I need to research it myself.
I originally got the feeling that this thread was about installing an Eastern Beaver PC-8 on a 2017 DL650 XT and, since I have an Eastern Beaver PC-8 and a 2017 DL650 EXT on/in which I wish to install it, I had found the perfect thread to get a simple answer. I do realize there is more than one way to skin a cat and everything I have been told so far, seems correct, based on my small pool of knowledge.
Now, going forward.
If you're trying to tap into a wire that produces power when the bike is on, and doesn't when the bike is off
Yes, I am.
If you want a wire that produces power only when you apply the brakes, you want the brake light wire which is white with black stripe, per my factory wiring diagram.
I do not want that.
The connector for the tail light has a ground wire (black with white stripe) plus the two wires mentioned above.
I will look for that. I assume it will have the exact connector provided by Eastern Beaver.
On another note. I would have assumed that there were two sets of wires for the rear brake light system. That there would be one between the power supply and the brake switch that would always be live when the bike is on and would satisfy our/my needs AND that there would be a set of wires for that rear brake "system" that would be dormant, for lack of a better term, until such time as the rear brake was depressed, actuating a switch, which would allow current to flow to the rear brake light/indicator. Even with very rudimentary electrical knowledge and understanding, that makes sense to me; but, apparently it is not the case. Yes/No?
To all of you entertaining and enduring my inquiries, don't let anything I said above make me sound like an ingrate. I truly appreciate your patience, input, knowledge and information. I want to a) do it right; and, b) learn better for future endeavors.