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post #1 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Headlights quit working

Coming home from work the other day ( I live in Alabama) , oncoming cars started blinking their lights at me. I thought it might’ve been an accident ahead but it became apparent as it became dark my headlights were kaput. Where should I start troubleshooting this situation since there are no loose wires and it has a fresh battery. Your help will be appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 03:37 PM
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New rider here with not much experience wrenching on the bike, probably because it is so reliable. You don't say what you have tried but I would put 12 volts to the bulb to see if it is out or is there a problem further up the line. If the bulb is out then how old/many miles on it, is it just bad luck was it time or a rock hit or is there an issue in the wiring. If the bulb is good I would go up the line with a meter and check the fuse and see where you are losing power.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 03:41 PM
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Starter switch. You need a headlight relay after your fix to prevent it happening again. A search should bring up many hits on this.

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 03:54 PM
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I too would immediately blame the starter switch.

Here's one post to help you, there are MANY:
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 04:20 PM
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High beam out too?
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I’ll give it a check!
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Post #4......very very well known issue with first and second generation 650's and first generation 1000's, yes it is a STUPID and bad design.

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post #8 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 09:50 PM
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Probably the switch mentioned above, but I will add my own experience.

I had both headlight bulbs die within one day of each other. It was uncanny. If I hadn't been paying attention and already installed the Eastern Beaver relay, I would have blamed the switch.

So, there is the possibility that the bulbs have just died, but you want to install the relay regardless. And fix the switch if it's fried.

I can also mention that my fuse box has been known to suffer from slow main fuse melting which has caused my headlight circuit (among other things) to fail. There's lots of draw on that baby in the winter when I'm running full heated gear.

If you're swapping out the bulbs, consider going LED. Way less draw and simple plug and play.

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post #9 of 11 Old 12-16-2018, 09:55 PM
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Start switch.

Fix the start switch, grab Beamtech LED H4s from Amazon ($40) and then the Eastern Beaver H4 headlight relay kit. Problem solved (shoulda been feexted at the factory tho.)
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-17-2018, 10:52 AM
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I'd gotten the Eastern Beaver relay kit used here on the for sale section.
Then I got some $25 LED's and installed them. My volt meter reads much higher charge rate now.
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