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I've got a ghost in the machine ('05 wee strom).
I was parked at beautiful Seneca Rocks WV after a hike and a guy parked next to me on a Goldwing asked if my brake light always stayed on. Sure enough the brake light was on but no other lights (actually now that I think about it, it may have been the taillight but same idea).
The keys weren't in the ignition and the steering column was locked.
I played with both the hand brake lever and the foot lever to see if they had stuck and no change to light.
I inserted the key and unlocked the column and turned it off, removed the key and the light went off.
Has anyone else had this problem?
I noticed it one other time but other than that I can't get it to do it again to trouble shoot what the problem might be.
Am I missing something? I've stopped using the column lock because I don't want to leave lights on and wear down the battery.
I assume if the keys are out the lights should all be off right?
Thanks for any ideas :? ,
Tom
 
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You sure you were in Lock, or did you move to P? I never checked the rear light in P, but I know the headlight stays off but the 4 way flashers work.
 
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Good News and Bad News

The good news is there's nothing wrong with my bike.
The bad news is apparently I'm a dumb a--. :oops: People have been telling me that for years but I just hate it when I prove them right.
You are correct the taillight stays on in 'P' mode which is all that was happening.
I thought, incorrectly, that I could only remove the key in Off and Lock positions on the ignition. I thought I had tried to remove the key in 'P' but it hadn't come out. Apparently thinking's not my strong point.
Thanks for the help.
I'll slink back into the corner to lurk and be quiet for a while.
I really am glad though that I don't have anything wrong with my beautiful blue baby strom.
Later,
Tom
 

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I think this feature is a carryover from it's European roots. Things might have changed, but you used to be required to have a 'parking light' on when parked on a street after dark. Is this still the case?

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I'll slink back into the corner to lurk and be quiet for a while.
Don't run and hide. We all do stuff like that. Besides it keeps all of us on our toes. We don't have real mechanical issues to deal with. I mean except the 3k stumble of the 1k bikes there's just not much out there.

Get's kind of boring around here.

I'm thinking of getting an old triumph just to have something to work on.

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Well, I too am guilty of leaving the tail light on. Today I was showing my father my bike. I started it up and revved it up a little so he could hear how the little V-twin sounded. We left for the county fair at 3:00pm and when we got home at 9:45pm, there was a red light in the barn! I thought OH NO NOT THAT GADAMN UFO AGAIN! Well to my relief it was just my strom. I put the key in and it went through it's cycle a little slower than usual, but started right up. I'll be a little more careful from this day on.
 
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I've killed my battery by leaving my bike in park...twice. Once on my 1L and once on my Drifter. Push starting 700lbs. of motorcycle by yourself is not a really fun thing to do, at least the V-Stoms aren't too heavy.
 

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kamloopsal said:
I think this feature is a carryover from it's European roots. Things might have changed, but you used to be required to have a 'parking light' on when parked on a street after dark. Is this still the case?

Al
Correct. European cars are still like this. WHne the key is out you can hit the left/right turn signal and the parking lights (front and rear) on the left/right side of the car stay on.

USed for all those small european roads where you might park on the street to visit the local tavern, etc. I had a European spec BMW that did this.
 

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I've left my bikes in P as well, pretty embarassing when you're in the middle of plowing through a cheeseburger and fries when you have to go turn the ignition to the right spot....of course the greasy spoon is always packed with patrons when you do this.
 

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Don't sweat it. The V-Strom's ignition switch doesn't have much space between fork lock and P. I was eating with some buddies in one of the above mentioned greasy spoons and one of the locals strolls in and said, "Who's ridin' the Veee Storm?" Silly me thought he was going to compliment my big goony bike but he informed me that, "Yor lights is on."
 
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