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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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headlight operation question

When I turn on the ignition, BEFORE starting the bike, the headlight does not come on. After starting the engine, the headlight burns.

All my previous bikes burned the headlight immediately upon turning the key and had a load shedding relay which would turn off the headlight when power was going to the starter. Once running, the power would go back to the headlight and turn on the light.

My Versys ('08) operates a little differently. Is this the normal operation?
Couldn't find anything about this in the owners manual or a search of the forum

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Yep, normal. I can't see why there would really be any advantage to having the headlight come on prior to engine start. All it would do is drain the battery. One thing to note though, if the engine is started and you turn it off with the kill-switch, the headlight still stay on until you turn the key off. Also, after hitting the kill-switch, if you decide to reengage the starter, the headlight is shutoff momentarily, like you described on your other bikes.

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On my 08 its the same. I think its a system design so you don't draw the battery down on cold start.
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Thanks, guys. I sort of thought that might be the case but wanted to verify.
It does seem a much better design than the load shed relay on many other bikes.

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You can give it just a quick blip of the starter switch to turn on headlight without starting engine.
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It's working as designed, it's a Versys thing.
This is the first bike I've ever owned where the headlight doesn't come on until it's started.
Funny story about this that took place last week. I took my bike in to get it's annual inspection sticker a few days ago. The mechanic (younger kid who I've not seen there before) came over while I was still sitting on the bike, it wasn't running, he told me "while you're on it why don't we check the lights, so I turned the key on and he checked the turnsignals, brake light, tail light. Then he asked me to hit the highbeam. I hit the switch and he got a strange look, then he said, hit it again, so I did and his face got more quizzical, so then he just shrugged and walked off. When he came back he put my new inspection sticker on. I didn't realize it until I got home but without the bike running there's no way he couldv'e seen the highbeams or the headlight for that matter. It didn't even occur to me at the time. No wonder he looked lost.
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