Join Date: May 2008
Location: Scary Gary Indiana
brake light switches
ok I'm still trying to get the stupid brake lights working so I can ride until I find my bad wire to my charging system. the running light works just peachy with a side of keen. now when I hit the brakes it doesn't brighten up.
I followed wires the best I could and can't find any issues with my brake wires. someone mentioned brake switch. now looking at the wire diagram I noticed 2 switches. one by the foot. which I found..interesting spring loaded sucka. and one on the hand brake which I also located. if one of these were to go out..say the foot brake one would it break the circuit and cause them both not to work? my guess is the foot brake because when I hooked up a multimeter to the footbrake switch to check voltage while the bike is running if I hit either brake it glitches for a second and then reads 0 again. also after messing with that foot brake switch when I hit the brake again afterwords the whole tail light went out for a second and back on with no problems when I hit the brakes again. also..yeah a lot of alsos.. also when I have the cover off and watch my light bulb it flicks whenever I hit my brakes but never lights the second filiment in my bulb. my bulb is fine I checked it and replaced it with a second new one and still nothing. I have a simplified brake light. hence its aftermarket and has only one bulb that does the work of brakes/running ligh/license plate light... so only 2wires going into the housing.
I tell you have have worked on various modes of transportation before from cars/trucks/big diesle trucks and now motorcycles and I have never seen a vehicle get a multimeter used on it as much as the Vulcan750.. never seen this many threads on the same problem from people either..charging issues.. love my bike but starting to think I made a bad choice on what bike to purchase. I have a weird charging issue that my R/R is fine and so is the stator and now I have a brake light issue. by the time I'm done working on this bike I'm going to go from long hair to short hair because I pulled it out