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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Front Brake Switch Not Working?

In the other thread I had about a fast turn signal blinking (resolved by switching over to LEDs), I noticed my front brake lever isn't tripping the brake light when depressed.

Figured I'd start a new thread here.

I'm an idiot when it comes to being a mechanic of any sort. So I come here for help.

My bike is a 1989, so it has the rectangular MBC.

Assuming the switch itself is bad, what part do I need to change out, and how do I replace it? I don't even have a clue.

Here's some close-up pics of that part of the bike:






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LED Tail Light
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Well, start by testing the switch first...... see the two wires coming out of the switch? gently pull them off (they are on spade connectors) and jump the two wires together with a small piece of wire or something. ( I think the key has to be in the 'on' position for the brake light to come on. ) If the brake light still doesn't come on, it's probably the connector under the tank.....
BTW.... I see your engine stop switch is in 'STOP' ...... that is a violation of proper motorcycle etiquette. I hope no one saw you touch that switch !

Is that a RAM G.P.S. mount on your left handlebar?
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In the other thread I had about a fast turn signal blinking (resolved by switching over to LEDs), I noticed my front brake lever isn't tripping the brake light when depressed.

Figured I'd start a new thread here.

I'm an idiot when it comes to being a mechanic of any sort. So I come here for help.

My bike is a 1989, so it has the rectangular MBC.

Assuming the switch itself is bad, what part do I need to change out, and how do I replace it? I don't even have a clue.

Here's some close-up pics of that part of the bike:





your stuff looks like mine... need some steal wool?...LOL..that is what the wife tells me!..... but yeah jumper the swtich after you pulll the wires out...had the same issue... clean the connectors.. its a simple switch and a quick fix for me.
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Well, start by testing the switch first...... see the two wires coming out of the switch? gently pull them off (they are on spade connectors) and jump the two wires together with a small piece of wire or something. ( I think the key has to be in the 'on' position for the brake light to come on. ) If the brake light still doesn't come on, it's probably the connector under the tank.....
Not sure what 2 wires you are talking about...

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BTW.... I see your engine stop switch is in 'STOP' ...... that is a violation of proper motorcycle etiquette. I hope no one saw you touch that switch !
I use the switch all the time. Why wouldn't I? /me is confused.

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Is that a RAM G.P.S. mount on your left handlebar?
Yes, it is. I wrote up a detailed thread (with pics) which should be pinned at the top of this sub-forum about how to install a GPS mount and power outlet.

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PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
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Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
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yup.. those two wires... its a simple switch so not much can go wrong other than dirty connectors.
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Is this the correct replacement part, just in case?

http://www2010.motorcycle-superstore...750-Parts.aspx


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1989 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

Upgrades so Far:
Coastered
R/R relocated
Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket
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your stuff looks like mine... need some steal wool?...LOL..that is what the wife tells me!.....
Actually, most of that is sawdust and pine pollen.

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Coastered
R/R relocated
Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket
Saddlebags
Floorboards
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Is this the correct replacement part, just in case?

http://www2010.motorcycle-superstore...750-Parts.aspx

Yes that is the right one. The price of $8.95 is good too.

OEM Parts has a part number 21070-0025 that supercedes the number shown in your post, 21070-1170, but the old one will still work fine. Price was higher, ~ $13.

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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
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Actually, most of that is sawdust and pine pollen.
You need a bike cover asbrand!

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1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9127
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