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High Beam Light while shifting?

Has anybody noticed the high beam light illuminating during shifting? First time I noticed it was today on my '08 Versys. I wonder if it indicates incorrect rpm's in a certain gear? Too high or low? Maybe I have a short. I could not find anything in the manual or on the boards here.

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Short or faulty instrument cluster... Does your high beam headlamp flicker on when shifting in the dark?
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Do the '08s have the flash to pass switch in the left handlebar cluster? You may be activating it somehow when pulling in the clutch lever.
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Has anybody noticed the high beam light illuminating during shifting? First time I noticed it was today on my '08 Versys. I wonder if it indicates incorrect rpm's in a certain gear? Too high or low? Maybe I have a short. I could not find anything in the manual or on the boards here.
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Do the '08s have the flash to pass switch in the left handlebar cluster? You may be activating it somehow when pulling in the clutch lever.
Yes, they do.

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This must be what's happening. I will check that out. Thanks.

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That was it. I never use the pass switch. I should, because I use the high beam all the time when I think somebody is going to pull out in front of me. I adjusted the clutch pull prior to the ride to be a shorter reach, so it hits that switch more. I guess I don't need to pull the clutch all the way in. Thanks again.
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Ahah... So your high beam lamp was also flashing on as well as the high beam indicator when you were shifting (and pulling the clutch lever).
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Not sure about high beam flashing from the seat during the day, but the clutch was hitting the button. Bad design. Maybe I can adjust clutch lower, so it doesn't hit the button. Which doesn't make any since.

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Some have repurposed that switch to make it control something else, which doesn't really help you... You could always disable the flash to pass switch, or trim it down.

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I should repurpose it to heat my coffee in a cup holder every time I shift.
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Do the '08s have the flash to pass switch in the left handlebar cluster? You may be activating it somehow when pulling in the clutch lever.
I will lean towards that little pass switch as your main concern to check out.
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I really don't want to mess with the clutch lever, but I could shave down the pass switch a bit, so they don't touch. It is minimal. I am thinking millimeters. It just barely touches the switch enough to key off the blue light for the highbeam. I need to test if the highbeam is actually activating.

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jusst rotate your clutch forward a bit, mine doesnt contact the button and is in a position thats conferrable even when standing on the pegs
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jusst rotate your clutch forward a bit, mine doesnt contact the button and is in a position thats conferrable even when standing on the pegs
That's the real issue here.

Unless you are 5'5" with short arms OP, you should rotate down your controls.
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6'-1". Good ideas.

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After reading the OP I went out and looked at my 15'............the clutch lever is shaped so that no matter what the adjustment the lever will not contact the flash to pass switch. Someone must have been paying attention to small problems.
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ya someone moved your clutch lever, went and looked on my 08 and the lever hits the grip with plenty of space around the pass button..

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I really don't want to mess with the clutch lever, but I could shave down the pass switch a bit, so they don't touch. It is minimal. I am thinking millimeters. It just barely touches the switch enough to key off the blue light for the highbeam. I need to test if the highbeam is actually activating.
I have "shorty" clutch and brake levers on BOTH my '08 and my '15, which, because of their shape, keep fingers AWAY from the 'flash-to-pass', but I don't believe I ever had the problem when I had the OEM levers on. Mine are adjusted (rotated down) so as to be easy to use while standing on the 'pegs, which may account for it.

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