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Old 11-05-2008, 07:07 AM
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"Parking" Light Curiosity

I'm at work and the thought just came to me...what is the point of a parking light if you can't turn it on while parked?

...or is there a secret button I've been missing?
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:33 AM
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What is the parking light? The little light above the head light? If so, that light (from what I've read) was put there to appease the EU guys.. they have to have two lights facing forward...
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Old 11-05-2008, 08:41 AM
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I thought it was so you still had a forward facing white light incase your head light burned out. DOT code maybe?
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:59 AM
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Yes that is correct. But i thought it was a EU & Japan thing not a US thing.
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you don't need it in the US. I got rid of my when I got my sharkskinz street fairing. its got a hole for the headlight but not for that little one.
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I just painted over the cover and removed the bulb.
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I think in Europe headlights can be switched off completely, at least on some models. Europeans also have that little "passing" switch that lets you flick your high beams using a trigger button. Gixxers have this and Victorys too.
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Originally Posted by Hotbrakes View Post
I think in Europe headlights can be switched off completely, at least on some models. Europeans also have that little "passing" switch that lets you flick your high beams using a trigger button. Gixxers have this and Victorys too.
Yeah probably, my friend's 916 had the little trigger for flickering your headlights to let the mere mortals know to move over
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Typically, this light is activated by turning the ignition lock an extra counter-clockwise position past the fork lock position. It will leave the tail and low-voltage front light on so that your bike is not pancaked on the side of the road when you return from buying that quart of milk or six-pack.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dantropolis View Post
Typically, this light is activated by turning the ignition lock an extra counter-clockwise position past the fork lock position. It will leave the tail and low-voltage front light on so that your bike is not pancaked on the side of the road when you return from buying that quart of milk or six-pack.
Yeah...and that's why I'm wondering Honda didn't think to make this happen on the SH.
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They are standard on Beemers, too. My GS headlight doesn't even come on when you switch on the ignition. The little front marker light comes on instead.The headlight only lights up once the engine is running.
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