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View Poll Results: Should Suzuki Remove the "Parking Light"?
Yes - I never use it. 40 57.97%
Yes - I sometimes use it, but there is a risk of accidental operation. 1 1.45%
No - I may one day need this feature. 23 33.33%
No - I use this feature. 5 7.25%
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post #1 of 35 Old 10-17-2018, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Poll re: Redundant Parking Light



Over the years almost every V-Strom owner has inadvertently switched his parking light on while locking the handlebars.

Many people have returned to find a dead battery. Should Suzuki dispense with this never used accessory?

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Suzy aren't the only ones. My Yamaha also has it. I suspect it is required by the relevant country design rules, e.g., in Oz, the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 19 indicates, to me, that a parking lamp is optional for L-series vehicles (bikes, scooters, trikes and quads):

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9.3. Optional Lamps

9.3.1. Reversing Lamp (clause 7.2) applicable to LA and LC category vehicles only if fitted with reverse gear.

9.3.2. Front reflex reflector , non-triangular (clause 7.4)

9.3.3. Parking Lamp (clause 7.1)

9.3.4. Rear fog lamps (clause 8.8)

9.3.5. Driving lamps (clause 8.1)
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The "city light" is not a Suzuki requirement, accessory or fun add on its a compliancy requirement so the bike can be sold in different markets.

The buld can always be unplugged and/or removed if you are fearful of it draining you battery
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I don't think so. I assume it uses the standard taillight globe which is still required.
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post #5 of 35 Old 10-18-2018, 07:33 AM
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Simple fix.....

Take a look at your bike before you walk away. If they are on SHUT THEM OFF.
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A thief can disable the steering lock in less then 3 seconds so I never use it and I turn the engine off with the key. I'll never inadvertently leave the parking lights on so my vote is "It doesn't matter to me".

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Almost every bike since the 80's has this. I think even my '73 Yamaha had it. It's not really a big deal.
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The owners manual says The "P" position is to be used when parked temporarily on the road at night. It's a safety feature.

Back in the olden days when motorcycles used carbide lamps some of us would no doubt blow ourselves up.
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I know its there and take care not to engage it inadvertently. If I am ever broken down at the side of the road, makes sense to have a way to turn on some lights so that traffic knows I'm there.
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I hasn't been a problem for me...yet or ever. I suppose it is nice to know it's available should the day come when I might require it. I dunno, don't think about these things too much...
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