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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-14-2016, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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What are these wires for?

Hello, all. On my 2013 Versys 650 there are some wires at the front left side of the fuel tank. One terminates at a duplex female connector which appears to be for bullet-style individual connectors. It is protected by a transparent, flexible material. Two wires terminate with male bullet-style connectors with the ends exposed.

The first wire, which terminates as a twin female, is white with a blue trace. The pair of wires which terminate as males are both colored black with a yellow trace.

I thought these may be for auxiliary lights but I can't find information about that online (I looked for a while and I can find tons of instructions to install the light "mounts" and squat for installing the actual lights). I checked the wires for voltage with a multi-meter but show nothing on them. I'm hoping these wires are for the front-mounted lights I've seen available for a variety of motorcycles and just need a fuse or a relay installed to energize them.

Can anyone tell me what these wires are for?

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I thought those were for the relay kit to add a switched accessory, but mine is a 2015 so I'm not 100% sure.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...r-plug-up.html

Are those the ones you mean?

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I thought those were for the relay kit to add a switched accessory, but mine is a 2015 so I'm not 100% sure.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...r-plug-up.html

Are those the ones you mean?
First, thanks for the reply.

Second, that's in the same area as mine but I cannot tell for sure if that's the same coloring or even if there is a twin-lead one and two singles.

Third, to get power to the port you added, did you have to do anything else (maybe I missed it in the write-up)?

Fourth, very nice post you made there with that information. I added a tail section to my 2013 Versys and a GPS/speaker mount to the handlebars and mounted twin power outlets there which are fed from the battery through a fuse block. I'm under the gun to leave tomorrow for Houston to volunteer with the motorcycle doing escort for the MS BP 150 so I've not got time to post pics right now. When I get back I'll post some pictures.

Finally, I hope you enjoy your Versys. While mine is a 2013, I only purchased it about 8 months ago or so, and it's still "kind of new" to me. But, hands down, this is the most-fun to ride motorcycle I've ever been on and I've ridden a fair number. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it works out on a bicycle-escort ride. Last year I used a KLR and it was good...but not great (dang, that first gear is TALL).

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Heya! Thanks, but that's not 'my' writeup- it's from someone FAR more experienced than me, I just remembered seeing it. This forum is a wealth of knowledge, and I just got my 2015 Versys on Monday and have been reading through a LOT of posts at work. lol... Regarding the power port, from what I gathered the relay kit (which is $18 from a dealer and plugs right in, no reason to go aftermarket) plugs into the connector and the remaining wires are controlled by the relay, making it a switched power source so your accessories don't drain the battery.

All this, of course, is assuming that's what those wires are. lol

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Heya! Thanks, but that's not 'my' writeup- it's from someone FAR more experienced than me, I just remembered seeing it. This forum is a wealth of knowledge, and I just got my 2015 Versys on Monday and have been reading through a LOT of posts at work. lol... Regarding the power port, from what I gathered the relay kit (which is $18 from a dealer and plugs right in, no reason to go aftermarket) plugs into the connector and the remaining wires are controlled by the relay, making it a switched power source so your accessories don't drain the battery.

All this, of course, is assuming that's what those wires are. lol

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Well, I appreciate your candor that it wasn't your write up and my apologies for not being observant enough to notice the username of the poster.

I had a free moment and decided to check the wires again. The first time, I just switched the key to the run position and checked them and found no voltage. Okay, maybe the machine needs to be running (the headlamp doesn't burn unless it's running, just the little top light on my 2013). With it running, I still got NOTHING on the wires in question. They *SO* look like auxiliary lighting wiring. Twin Siamese females and twin separate males. I've seen some monkey business like that before (so many years ago it's hard to remember exactly where).

I get nothing for DC voltage (using a multimeter) either with the high-beam on or off. If these connections are for some auxiliary lighting then there must be a fuse or a relay which is not installed by default from the factory. I feel they must be for auxiliary lighting because they are so very close to where I see aftermarket lighting placed.

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That's entirely possible, as Kawa sells a relay kit for the bike that plugs up to a wiring harness in that vicinity.
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Well, I appreciate your candor that it wasn't your write up and my apologies for not being observant enough to notice the username of the poster.

I had a free moment and decided to check the wires again. The first time, I just switched the key to the run position and checked them and found no voltage. Okay, maybe the machine needs to be running (the headlamp doesn't burn unless it's running, just the little top light on my 2013). With it running, I still got NOTHING on the wires in question. They *SO* look like auxiliary lighting wiring. Twin Siamese females and twin separate males. I've seen some monkey business like that before (so many years ago it's hard to remember exactly where).

I get nothing for DC voltage (using a multimeter) either with the high-beam on or off. If these connections are for some auxiliary lighting then there must be a fuse or a relay which is not installed by default from the factory. I feel they must be for auxiliary lighting because they are so very close to where I see aftermarket lighting placed.

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If you were to click on my last post link, you would find relay kits, the wires and locations, from KAWASAKI web .
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You're testing them the wrong direction, friend. Or rather you're testing the wrong pairs. One pair is switched on, the other pair, I believe, are maybe relay control lines. Not sure on the ones in the clear shrouding, I couldn't make much sense of those either. I'm thinking maybe they're just spare ground lines.

Edit: Actually I can't remember now, maybe they're available power/relay control/ground and they're not on until a relay switches them on. I'm useless.

The relay kit for the molex style plug is unnecessarily expensive in my opinion, but then nobody asked me. Maybe I should build them and sell them, heh.

I recently moved my grip warmers from direct-to-battery to the supply lead of the horn circuit @ the fusebox. It's supply side so the 10A fuse won't ever get bugged but even if it did, 10A is way the hell more than the horn needs.
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The wht/blu wires are accessory power circuits at would be powered up from an accessory relay and fuse. The blk/yel wires are ground circuits for accessories. If you look at the schematics for your bike which you can find on this forum you will see them pictured left near the headlamps. If you trace the schematics you will see the relay and fuse which are labelled accessory relay and accessory fuse.
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If you were to click on my last post link, you would find relay kits, the wires and locations, from KAWASAKI web .
I'm sorry, I didn't realize that what you posted was a link. It wasn't underlined like I'm used to seeing elsewhere. I've read that post now. I've got it figured out. I'm not sure when I'll get around to adding my accessory lights up front but I will post a write-up about it when I do.

Thank you for your post and sorry for not recognizing it as the answer.

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