I came out of the building to leave work at 9-ish last Friday (the 13TH of course!) night and started my K8 Wee-strom, only to find that I had no headlight. I checked both fuses, ok, shined flashlight into the two bulbs, filments looked intact, wiggled wires behind them and underneath the fusebox, shut it off & re-started, worked the Hi-lo and Pass switches- still no headlight.
So, having little choice, I rode with flashers on, a bit puckered, & luckily didn't get hit or ticketed, or run into anything on the pitch-dark stretches. I stayed on back streets I know well.
Not something I ever care to repeat, not ever. There was one moment of hilarity (not really) on the way, the unlighted dip into a narrow S-curve under a very old RR trestle which we as kids called dead-man's-curve because there were in fact fatal crashes there regularly.
So, as luck would have it, there I am decending into this blackness with only flashers on, nobody ahead or behind me to light the totally dark road, and as I get to the center of the S, there's a transit bus coming at me taking up one and a half lanes. I had to laugh as I grazed my right elbow on the rock wall hoping not to be crushed like a bug.
I made it to my garage much relieved and swapped for the Jeep so to get back home. Lucky I keep a spare key on me. After taking apart the left-side switch assembly to no avail, I detached the right-side, cleaned out the dirt and cobweb and got my headlights back. Whew.
Then I read about it on the forums. Ugh. I'd no idea or would've done a preventative.
Eastern Beaver got my order the next day. It should be here tomorrow and I'll install on this weekend.