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Question Warning triangle on dashboard

on my 05 lt, the warning triangle has lit up.
According to the manual, when it comes on with the "brake failure" warings there are a number of problems. however the manual says when it comes on by itself there is a blown rear light/brake light bulb. There is no bulb gone on the bike. Any suggestions?
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Re: Warning triangle on dashboard

Yup..
when does it light up?

One thing you should know, you cannot apply the brakes as you power up the machine. That will give you the "failure" light.

When di dyou last have the brake fluid levels checked? Do you know where they are located? Actually on the 05 it's under the seat.... the caps on top of the ABS are where the fluid goes.

If you haven't had the system "flushed", it could be the fluid's gone bad...

Hopefully the ABS is not shot (happened to me).

If the bike has had "LED" lamps installed, sometimes they require a resistor to maintain current readings.... if there is a problem with that circuit, you'll get the error lamp.

Power cycling the bike while not applying brakes should clear the warning... if not, CAREFULLY get it to your dealer.... preferably by trailer.

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One thing you should know, you cannot apply the brakes as you power up the machine. That will give you the "failure" light.
Hey, Chan - 'splain that one to me, please. I 'have to' apply the brakes on ole Toad when I start up; driveway has to much slope not to.

Maybe you're talking about the newer model years?? Butt, even if so - what is one to do if you're on a slope and wanna power up??
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The brake failure light on my '05 always flashes after startup and stays on until the bike gets under way, then it turns off. Normal? I don't know but the brakes are working fine. I have the modulating L.E.D. lights in the luggage rack, perhaps that is the reason for the warning light?

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The brake failure light on my '05 always flashes after startup and stays on until the bike gets under way, then it turns off. Normal?
Normal! The wheels need to rotate for the sensors to assess the conditions.

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The brake failure light on my '05 always flashes after startup and stays on until the bike gets under way, then it turns off. Normal? I don't know but the brakes are working fine. I have the modulating L.E.D. lights in the luggage rack, perhaps that is the reason for the warning light?
It'll flash until you start moving and they "self check".

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The brake failure light on my '05 always flashes after startup and stays on until the bike gets under way, then it turns off. Normal? I don't know but the brakes are working fine. I have the modulating L.E.D. lights in the luggage rack, perhaps that is the reason for the warning light?
Yours are working fine. The light will stay on until about 3 mph.........it's an ABS thing. I had that question when I first got my 03 LT but it is mentioned in the Clymer's manual...................don't know what I'd do without that out here in BFE....................

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Hey, Chan - 'splain that one to me, please. I 'have to' apply the brakes on ole Toad when I start up; driveway has to much slope not to.

Maybe you're talking about the newer model years?? Butt, even if so - what is one to do if you're on a slope and wanna power up??
Yessiree, Mr. Largen.

On my bike(2005), if I apply the front brake then power on the bike, I cannot get the warning light to extinguish without a "full power cycle" with the brakes NOT applied.

I questioned this ... especially with my ABS failure... and found it is "repeatable" very easily... again, that's been my experience.

So, I am cautious to reset after I crawl out of whatever hole I got myself into....

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on my 05 lt, the warning triangle has lit up.
According to the manual, when it comes on with the "brake failure" warings there are a number of problems. however the manual says when it comes on by itself there is a blown rear light/brake light bulb. There is no bulb gone on the bike. Any suggestions?
Simon
Simon,

Re-check the low wattage element on the center bulb in the tail light assembly. That is the only bulb that the system monitors (a hold over from the RS which only has one bulb for a tail light).

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Yessiree, Mr. Largen.

On my bike(2005), if I apply the front brake then power on the bike, I cannot get the warning light to extinguish without a "full power cycle" with the brakes NOT applied.

I questioned this ... especially with my ABS failure... and found it is "repeatable" very easily... again, that's been my experience.

So, I am cautious to reset after I crawl out of whatever hole I got myself into....
The trick here is to leave it in gear when you turn on the key. Then after the initial check is complete put it in neutral and start the bike while you hold the brakes. All is good then.

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