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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 31st, 2006, 10:33 pm Thread Starter
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Stupid Accessory Position on Key Switch

I kept getting dead batteries (but intermittently) on the LT, and last night, I parked the bike and noticed the taillight was on (since it was night).

SON OF A B*****

That's what was killing my battery. Sometimes, I'd go past OFF to "parking lights?". It seems dumb that I can pull out the key in that position.

I don't like it.

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post #2 of 5 Old Mar 31st, 2006, 10:41 pm
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Chalk it up to German bike and German laws. My understanding is that per those laws, you need to leave these lights on in Germany when parked at the curb at night.

But think of all the good things that German engineering has brought you with this bike, and now that you know about this position on the key switch, it should no longer bite you.

And anyway, now you know what that mystery current drain has been...

Get out for a ride tomorrow if the weather permits, and you should forget all about your frustrations with something as minor as that switch!

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post #3 of 5 Old Mar 31st, 2006, 11:27 pm
 
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So far I have not made that mistake (turning the key too far), but the year is still young.

As for riding.... Whats that? With all the rain here in Northern CA I have forgot how to start my bike.

Maybe soon.
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post #4 of 5 Old Apr 1st, 2006, 12:15 am
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Same problems,different symtoms.

Last week I posted having a problem with the bike alarm overriding the key slot.I had a long ride and then the bike sat for two hours. When I came out the bike was dead . Completely dead not even a glimmer in the head light.I keep it on a Battery Tender brand gel trickle charger. It has happened one more time since then so I don't know if I have a bad battery or wire. Several days before while parking the bike on the side stand in an old abandoned K-mart parking lot , the bike poked a hole through the asphalt crust into a sink hole below and the bike went down. With the shock of that big thing headed south I strained my back to no avail. The crash bar took most of it but the chrome strip on the left saddle box got some too. Do these bikes have tip over switches that need to be reset? I need to get it to the dealer to get it back to 100%. I hate electrical problems the most.
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post #5 of 5 Old Apr 1st, 2006, 1:24 am
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No switches but mine ended up with a clogged canister. No problems since the canisterectomy.
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