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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2018, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Guys and gurus, here's one for you....

Bike runs fine, but coming back from a ride at dusk the other day, I noticed that my headlight was off.... I must admit that I haven't checked my lights and signals lately like I normally do before a ride.

Soooo, I checked again today and headlights don't work, brake light doesn't work and neither do front or rear turn signals.

So I checked 20amp fuse and it was burned... so that's easy I thought... found my spare fuses and replaced... turned ignition and the fuse blew immediately?!?!?

So I thought there's a short somewhere. Only thing I did to this bike myself, was the turn signal mirrors last year. So I removed the headlight bucket, disconnected the 2 mirrors and replaced the fuse.... blew again... so reconnected the signal/mirrors.

Removed the seat to see if there would be an obvious short somewhere and couldn't find anything. The rear light and side license plate light work fine, but no reaction when I press the brake.

The battery terminals were loose and I thought I might have found the culprit.... nope... blew another fuse.


My motorcycle electrical knowledge is very limited and don't know where to look. I cannot figure out what could have changed or happened that would have caused this, other than the fact that I tried disconnecting the O2 sensors out of curiosity to see if it would eliminate a little popping.... and it didn't change anything, so I reconnected them...

So no clue, please help.

I chose this Victory Hammer instead of a BigDog pitbull cause the BigDogs are known for their electrical problems...

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Did you have a really good look in the bucket including where wiring comes out? My guess is you created a short there but you weren't focused on looking for that. Focused on the mirrors

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Was thinking... can't come from out back, since the rear position light works and so does the side plate light, if there was a short, these wouldn't turn on, and if it was the rear signals, the fuse would blow only when I activate them. Right????

Same logic applies with the front signals. Unlike most bikes, these are not automatically on when the ignition is turned on, therefore the fuse would only blow when I activate the turn signals.

So this really only leaves the fuse box or the headlight wiring, or are there any resistors along the way??? Or anything that is logic to you that I am missing...

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Did you have a really good look in the bucket including where wiring comes out? My guess is you created a short there but you weren't focused on looking for that. Focused on the mirrors
I will look again in the bucket tomorrow after work... But I have checked most wires and nothing obvious..

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Ok guys, was too simple stupid!!!!

Ended-up being my running headlight that had blown and instead of simply separating inside, the connections fell one on top of the other, causing a short...

Replaced the bulb and all works as new.

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Good job. Wish they were always that easy

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