Intermittent Headlamp Problem - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Register Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Motorcycle EscrowInsurance
Go Back   Kawasaki Versys Forum > Kawasaki Versys Motorcycle Talk > General Kawasaki Versys Discussions

 

General Kawasaki Versys Discussions For discussions on anything and everything related to the Kawasaki Versys.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-19-2012, 11:26 AM
alba's Avatar
alba alba is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 152
Default Intermittent Headlamp Problem

The other day when leaving work I noticed my headlamp was not working. Checked the fuse and it was okay, but swapped it out anyway. Still not working. All other lights on the bike worked fine including full beam. I put some tape over the headlight so I could ride home with full beam on and not blind anyone. When I got home I noticed my headlamp was now working

Next morning, when leaving for work headlamp was working.
That night, when leaving work it was not. Put on full beam and started making my way home but decided to checked headlamp before I got out of the parking lot and it was working again

I started to have a theory that I have validated twice now. If I start the bike without touching the throttle the headlamp does not come on. Give it a blip of the throttle and on it comes. It seems as if there is not enough juice to fire up the lamp unless I give it some gas, but once on it stays on. If I switch the bike off after riding and start again with no throttle the lamp comes on.

Any ideas what is going on??? Is this a sign of the stator problem? I have a 2011 with approximately 26,000 miles

Last edited by alba; 12-19-2012 at 11:28 AM.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 12-19-2012, 03:49 PM
A2RON's Avatar
A2RON A2RON is offline
Member
 
2008 Kawasaki Versys
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 192
Default

I've had that problem, started with a bad stator found after the bike wouldn't start.

After changing the stator and rectifier with aftermarket parts, about 5,000 miles later I kept burning out headlamps.

Found out the rectifier was pumping out 18V!

Changed the rectifier, all was well for about 2 weeks, then intermittant headlights.

Rectifier ok, stator ok, battery charging normally, fuses ok.

Changed the relay package.......then the low didn't work at all.

Changed the starter relay.......everything works.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=21079

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=20241

Funny thing is, this morning driving to work..........no low beam (10,000 miles since the starter magnetic switch replacement), I'm hoping its just normal bulb burnout!!!
__________________

A2ron
Charleston, SC
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-20-2012, 05:03 AM
stlee29's Avatar
stlee29 stlee29 is offline
Member
 
2008 Kawasaki KLE 650 Versys Blue/Silver
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bukit Mertajam,Penang,Malaysia
Posts: 3,201
Default

Try getting a voltmeter to check your battery (12.8V) and charging system (about 14.2-14.5 V) about 2000 rpm and above.

It's maybe a short circuit somewhere, loose fuse or a faulty relay.
__________________
My V Blog: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4763.

Ride safe,
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-20-2012, 12:49 PM
MaverickAus MaverickAus is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Posts: 635
Default

Sounds like a bad bulb
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-20-2012, 03:19 PM
alba's Avatar
alba alba is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 152
Default

I initially thought it might be the bulb but the fact that revving the engine has turned it on twice makes me suspect it's not getting enough juice. Past 2 starts the lamp has come on so I've not been able to check that anymore.

I will check the voltage this weekend and let you know the results.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-20-2012, 04:05 PM
jettexas's Avatar
jettexas jettexas is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 65
Default

Had that same problem with my low beam light. I would bang on it and it would fix. Took the bulb out and put it back together nice and tight and fixed the problem. Amazing what WD40 and a little torque can fix.
cheers
jet
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Advertisements
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum