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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-03-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Speedometer in the dark

I took my first ride to work on the bike this morning and I realized the speedo doesn't light up. I have to be at work at 5 so its still pitch black out when I leave. Only times I could tell how fast I was going is when I would pass a gas station. Does the speedometer on these things usually have a backlight or do you guys just wing it when your riding at night? It doesn't look like the numbers are thin enough for light to light them up from underneath but I could be wrong.

If there isn't some blown bulb I should be looking for any suggestions on how to get a little light shining on the speedometer would be greatly appreciated. I don't wanna give those early morning speed traps something to chase, and I haven't ridden it enough to just guess by the feel of the bike.

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Speedo lights are bulbs in the housing that glow around the rim. Not sure if just one bulb or more. Haven't had to change mine so can't tell you how to get in/out. If you don't have one yet, download a 750 service manual from TOC Manufacturing (google for the link) and you'll be able to solve a ton of problems that come up, complete with part numbers, diagrams and instructions. Good luck!

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you should be able to judge speed if you have been driving at all.... i think there is a backlight.. im just trying to remember from when i took mine off to paint them.... if its not the bulb its the wiring in it....

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Easy people easy....try the simple things first, check the fuse...LOL

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Easy people easy....try the simple things first, check the fuse...LOL
Roger that! Thought Tach/Speedo lighting were on same circuit and since he didn't mention the Tach light out, didn't think about the fuse. Also check all the wiring connections in between the JB and the Speedo. Easy stuff first!

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Yea sorry wasn't as worried about the tach but the lights on it aren't on either so maybe it is a fuse. I didn't think of that cause i figured the rest of the warning lights would be on the same fuse.

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i figured the rest of the warning lights would be on the same fuse.
Nope, they are all alone on one fuse.

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Nope, they are all alone on one fuse.
If the headlights and tail lights are working, then it has to be the accessory fuse blown then wk, right? The Clymer diagram just shows the Junc. box, but not which fuse the two speedo bulbs are fed from.

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Everything was working except those 2 lights but i pulled the acc fuse and it was fine. It was the tail fuse that was blown. Good call. Yea clymers wasn't much help as far as which was for what but it did tell me exactly where the JB was lol. anyways no more speeding in the dark for me i guess. Thanks guys

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