Greetings from wintery Pittsburgh.
I've been mostly lurking for a while - now I have an electrical question:
I decided to give my 04K12RS a workout in cold (27F) but sunny weather and dry roads yesterday to charge the battery and keep the juices flowing (- the bike's and mine
) and discovered during the ride I had no headlight. Both low and high beams were out, and the blue hi-beam indicator light was on regardless of switch position.
I checked the fuses - both OK. Next I removed the headlight assembly and checked power at the plug with a test bulb - both headlight and high beam had full battery power against ground.
After a little more work with the Ohmmeter and a flashlight, I discovered that the ground lead from the plug receptacle to the ground strip that holds the hi-beam bulb socket was corroded and burned at the connector with said ground strip. The wire insulation was burned off for about 1/2 inch behind the connector. The white plastic lamp housing shows brown spots indicating something burned.
I cut the end of the burned wire and spliced in a new piece of wire with a new connector. Problem fixed.
Now my question:
I am running a Kisan PathBlazer Headlight Modulator that modulates the hi-beam (gets a lot of attention from cagers, I love it). Other than my older R850R, on my KRS, the low beam is always on so as I ride with the hi-beam on modulator, both lights are on continuously. Could this be the reason the ground wire was overloaded? Anyone with similar experience? Perhaps the designer-gods in the Vaterland had not designed this bike for riders that keep the hi-beam on at all times? Any suggestion for fixes (such as adding a separate ground wire for the headlight)?