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post #1 of 9 Old 07-25-2007, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Must turn headlight off

I did some searches, but could not find any tips or instructions for turning the lights off. I know you're thinking it's crazy, but I really need some detailed instructions for adding an on/off light switch to my 2007 Wee.

Did you know that it is illegal to drive in some places with your headlights on during the day? I know it's hard to believe, but headlight usage in several Asian countries is prohibited during daylight hours. I know it's illegal in Cambodia, because I got busted and had to pay a massive $3.00 fine. Not sure what the official law in China is, but everytime I ride, someone starts hollering and pointing at my headlights. I stopped and asked a cop the other day, he wasn't sure about the law, but he was sure that I was wasting huge amounts of fuel by riding with my lights on....almost fell off the bike laughing :mrgreen:

I know the whole idea behind always-on headlights is to draw attention to the motorcycle for safety, but I really need to draw less attention. It's not like the roads in China are dangerous or anything :-D

Hope someone can help.

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Do not switch the ground wire. Power will seek ground through the other filaments and can cause strange effects. Switch the hot lead to low or high beams and select the appropriate side or use a DPST switch to cut both high and low beams simultaneously. Find the large connector on the left side of the fairing under the rubber boot. The high beam wire is yellow on both sides of the connector. The low beam is black with a blue stripe on one side and white on the other.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-26-2007, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys

Thank you guys for the input.

Pat, I will try to follow your suggestions using a DPST rocker switch like:



If I get it working I will post some pics of the process.

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Pat, I will try to follow your suggestions using a DPST rocker switch like:
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Not sure on the 650, but on my DL1000K5, the headlight goes out when the starter button is pressed - there must already be a headlight relay somewhere?
Or pull the fuse and make a switch / fuse assembly to plug into the fuse block?

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No relay. The starter button must have a normally closed and a normally open contact. I couldn't tell from the wiring diagram though. The high beam and low beam are separately fused so blowing a fuse won't leave you suddenly in the dark without recourse.

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I would either use a relay, or install the switch so that it's toggling the low power side of the relay

headlamp amperage drwaing thru a switch will burn it out in no time



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A relay is just an electrically operated switch. The contacts on either, as long as the unit is rated for it, can handle headlights. The reason to use a relay for headlights is to shorten the path and put less power through the handlebar switches which don't have as beefy a contact as the average stand alone switch.

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Frankly, I've wanted a light cutout for different reasons. I've been meaning to do this on my old dual sport, for offroad use. I figure the charging system is minimal; when I'm chugging around on real trails, I can kill it and restart a few times, and find I have a low battery. Also, I'd been thinking that in some times and places I might want to plug in a spotlight or other (air compressor) 12V accessory, and I could do without the drain from lights.

With the Wee-strom, I'm still thinking along those lines. Granted, it may be handy for those James Bondian clandestine ops, but the practical application is to keep from running down the battery while chugging around offroad.

If the intended use is offroad only, I think the logical approach is to find the wire from the ignition switch that powers all lights, then splice in a switch. Make sure it cannot be flipped by accident; riding with no headlight, brakelight, taillight or signals, would be hazardous on highway.

If my intended use is on public roads in foreign lands, I'll put a switch on the leads to both headlights.

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Is the Strom being sold in other countries with a factory headlight on/off switch? Perhaps those parts are interchangeable with US spec bikes.

Some KTM bikes built in Europe have a headlight switch and US bikers are using those parts on US spec bikes......
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