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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Flickering Crazy: SOLVED!!

I just brought home my 2010 V. I was following my wife and she told me that once in a while (quite often in the 5 minutes I followed her) the headlight was doing some crazy random flickering. She said it never went out or anything but seemed like maybe when I hit bumps, the headlight did crazy non pattern stuff, not like a pulse but wild flickering almost to the point of being extremely annoying. It got brighter and almost strobing.

She said it did'nt do it all the time either. I actually noticed it flickering off of streetsigns during bumps, but didnt think any more about it until she told me I should get it checked.

Sounds like to me I may have a loose filiment, bulb, or wire??? Always had the low beam on.

Any suggestions? I plan on taking it back to the dealer to have them check it out. I could not replicate this issue while parked and on the kickstand. I kicked the front tire and nothing was abnormal.

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G'Day Capt. Kirk,

Sound like a loose connection somewhere.
Try removing the headlight bulb socket. See if the bulb is loose inside.
Check if the bulb socket snugs fit with the bulb when you push it back in.

It would be also good if you checked the fuse under the seat.
If all is still okay, some contact along the line is loose.


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I would take it back to the dealer ASAP! My 3 week old '10 is problem free after 900+ miles so far. Let us know what the dealer finds out is wrong. Hopefully it's something minor.
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I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Sorry, I miss out the NEW 2010 V part.
Agree with DBL, take it back to the dealer as it would be still under warranty.

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Did you maybe have your finger bumping the flash to pass button?

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Did you maybe have your finger bumping the flash to pass button?
I am sure that is not the problem. Didnt have my finger near the button. Thanks for thinking of that though!

I think I'll call the dealer and let them know I'll be heading back tomorrow for them to check it out.

With it never dimming, I believe it does have a loose connection somewhere & not a short.
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Capn! the dilithium crystals are about to explode! aha ha couldn't resist. Love the old Star Trek.
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Capn! the dilithium crystals are about to explode! aha ha couldn't resist. Love the old Star Trek.
ROFL!!

Update w/ good news. I took it out last night after it got really dark so I could really have a better idea of what the light was doing. I had my wife drive our Rav4 in front of me. Let me say that this factory headlight is very bright compared to my Suzuki C50.

The Versys headlight using low beam has a square pattern. The top of the square pattern (or line if you will) cut right across the spare tire on the Rav4. So when I followed her close, the beam was not high enough to shine into the rear glass. When I really hit the throttle, I could get the beam high enough to go through her rear window. Also, with every little bump, I could see the the same vibration in the light beam (which is completely normal). It never once strobed or pulsed or did anything abnormal. When we stopped a few miles out to discuss what she saw, she said it was flickering again. What I determined was her interpretation of "flicker" was just the fact that the Versys has a powerful and focused beam that bounces with the bumps and can look like flickering.

This would also explain why once in a while I could see the flickering during the day against certain road signs if I was riding over rough roads.

I did however discover during my first pre-ride check that my front brake light switch is not working... I can hear the switch clicking but it does not light up.

Maybe the dealer broke a wire or unplugged a connector when they replaced the tank that was damaged out of the crate??

Anyway, still absolutely love the bike!!
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Went to the dealer today to have them fix the front brake light switch. They had unplugged it or knocked the plug out when they replaced the risers. It took them only a few seconds to see the problem. Dang...I wish I would have seen the plug. I felt a bit dumb but glad it was not somewhere inside the bike wiring.

Put 125 miles on her today and had a blast. My wife rides a 650 vstar and I took her out on the V so she could see what it was about. She liked it a lot but not enough to sell her Vstar at this time.

So at the moment, my V is running great now with no issues at all. Me happy!
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