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post #1 of 8 Old 05-09-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Headlight not working

Went for a ride tonite and noticed no head light. I checked all the obvious things. Bulb, fuse and continuity at head light connector. All good except voltage at headlight connector. I probably need to replace the switch housing on the clutch side. Has anyone had such an issue? The bike is a 2005 919 with fairly low miles.

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-09-2011, 05:00 AM
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Bad starter switch cut-out? The Honda switch contacts have a reputation for being somewhat delicate and prone to failure (at least in the Valkyries).

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-09-2011, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Starter is working fine as is the turn signal and horn. I'm gonna double check everything before ordering swith housing. Thx.

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Open up the right hand switch assembly and check out the four lil wires that hook up to the start switch in there .... (all four are right on top) .... your headlight circuit runs through there and that's actually a semi-common problem with the 919's (happened with mine too) .... if that's not it, we'll dig further into it ...

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agree with all of the above, same (very) common problem in the honda vlx. they run their headlight through the cutout switch for the start button and the contacts can get corroded or glazed over. most times just cleaning the contact points with sand paper and grease will fix the problem. if it burns out, you'll have to replace it. it's around a 50/50 chance it'll be either. very easy to do. just crack it open and take a peek.

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Thanks for the info. I was looking into the hi-lo beam switch. I will check the starter switch today.

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Had mine go out as well, same fix as mentioned above (starter). The contact points (the ones in the bottom of the housing) weren't making contact to the switch. Cleaned and pushed them up a bit; problem solved.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-10-2011, 01:56 PM
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Open up the right hand switch assembly and check out the four lil wires that hook up to the start switch in there .... (all four are right on top) .... your headlight circuit runs through there and that's actually a semi-common problem with the 919's (happened with mine too) .... if that's not it, we'll dig further into it ...
+1 I open mine when it periodically plays up and give it a good blast with some contact cleaner. You may have to lube the action of the starter button afterwards, as the contact cleaner cleans and dries everything out.

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