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I have just picked up my 1987 VN750 and took a small gamble on it as it has no MOT. When i first saw it i thought wow thats better than the internet pics and to be honest it really does look a tidy bike.
I have a question tho that i have tried to find the answer to on the internet and on these forums but cant quite seem to find an answer.
Upon getting it home and fired up i was giving it a quick once over aqain and tried the lights all lights work ok BUT when i put the light switch to the 1st position my tail light comes on AND also both front indicators illuminate almost like running lights. When i operate the indicators they still flash as they should.
When i put the light switch to the 2nd position the indicators go out and the tail light works as it should and both full and dip beam work as it should.

So i was wondering if this was how they were ment to work or is it a wiring problem.

Thanks in advance

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Hi all
I have just picked up my 1998 VN750 and took a small gamble on it as it has no MOT. When i first saw it i thought wow thats better than the internet pics and to be honest it really does look a tidy bike.
I have a question tho that i have tried to find the answer to on the internet and on these forums but cant quite seem to find an answer.
Upon getting it home and fired up i was giving it a quick once over aqain and tried the lights all lights work ok BUT when i put the light switch to the 1st position my tail light comes on AND also both front indicators illuminate almost like running lights. When i operate the indicators they still flash as they should.When i put the light switch to the 2nd position the indicators go out and the tail light works as it should and both full and dip beam work as it should.

So i was wondering if this was how they were ment to work or is it a wiring problem.

Thanks in advance
Welcome to the Vulcan Forum shaunmc, from sunny southern Alberta. Congrats on getting one of the best midsized motorcycles available, and finding The Best Forum.

The vn750 was manufactured for sale in different markets, and has some differences in the electrical features. North American bikes have daytime running lights with no on/off switch, only a hi/low beam switch.

VNs sold first in Europe or the UK have an on/off switch as well as a hi/low beam switch and a passing switch, according to the Clymer manual. I`m not sure about your front signal indicators shuting off in "the second position". I believe my bike has the front signals on at all times, and flashes "off" to indicate a turn. The rear lights only operate as turn signals by flashing "on".

There is a free Kawasaki service manual here: http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/File...nd%20Parts.pdf , but it is big (2395 pages). Someone posted a link for a much smaller one (331 pages) few days ago. I`ll try to find it for you too.

Here it is: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11269

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 08:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum.
Where abouts in Yorkshire are you?
It should be possible to rewire the switch to standard UK spec without too much trouble. I may be able to help if you need it. Running as you are will confuse drivers over here. My VN is wired with the lights always on US style, which is great as long as your battery is good.

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Thanks for the response all.

OlHossCanada - i double checked the operation and it is how yours works. Thanks for clearing that bit up.

RetroGaz - Near sheffield and i was wondering about looking at altering the wiring so it was Uk spec.
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Hi Shaunmc, I'm near Cleethorpes. If you get stuck with the wiring PM me and I'll help if I can.

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