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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-22-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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position light ?

can anyone tell me what the purpose is of small light bulb inside of the headlight housing?-it is referred to in the manual as the position light-i remember lights of this sort in older bikes but they were before headlights ran constantly-tnx
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I think you are talking about,the parking light
If you turn the ignition key to the left it will light up and so does the brake light.
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tnx for your reply-i should have known that-just having a senior moment-again
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I have the same question about the position light. I put the ignition key in park and this "position light" (which is what the manual calls it), does not light up. I can't find any setting that turns this thing on. Does anyone know what it is for?
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To access the park position, turn the key on, then press it in and turn it further to the right as can be seen here: http://screencast.com/t/ZWI3NDljNmIt

The small light in the headlight housing with be on as will the tail light. I just tested this and both lights came on.
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I think it must be a European thing as I don't know anyone in the states that uses it. Some folks put colored accent lights on their bike, but they serve little purpose other than decoration. Again, I doubt anyone here uses the "position" light.

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The only reason to use the park position would be in an emergency situation - Bike broke down on the side of the road at night, etc.
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Thanks Engage. I did put the key in the park position and the tail-light comes on but this little position light does not. I guess I will have to open up the headlight and see if this bulb is burned out and there is power to the socket when in the park position.
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Well, I finally had time to open up the headlight to see what this position light was all about. Engage was correct it does work with the key in the park position. However, mine did not because it was never connected to the wiring harness in the light housing. I used my brand new service manual to find out which wires it was, connected it up and, shazam, it worked with the key in the park position.

Mystery solved. Thanks for your help...
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can anyone tell me what the purpose is of small light bulb inside of the headlight housing?-it is referred to in the manual as the position light-i remember lights of this sort in older bikes but they were before headlights ran constantly-tnx
its sole purpose is to drain the battery on any motorcycle so equiped. It waits for the rider to turn the key the key the wrong when shutting off the bike and dismounting. The key can be removed and the 'postioning lights' stay on. this is seldom discovered in a timely fashion.

Many bike manufactures include this feature and there is no consistant key position. Colusion with the battery makers? or just a bad idea?


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