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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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brake light stays on

hi all,the brake light on my xvs650 dragstar classic is staying on,ive disconnected front lever switch but still on so does this mean switch is ok?, if yes, HELP!!!
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hi all,the brake light on my xvs650 dragstar classic is staying on,ive disconnected front lever switch but still on so does this mean switch is ok?, if yes, HELP!!!
I don’t own your type of bike, but if you’ve disconnected the brake switch that activates the light and it’s still “on”, it could be that your brake light relay is stuck “on”.
That being said, I don’t know if your model has that, but mine does.
If you don’t have an actual Service Manual for your bike and intend on keeping it a long time, I suggest you get one. Many of them have troubleshooting procedures for problems such as you’re having.
I think there may be a READ ONLY “publication” section on this forum somewhere.

I don’t wish to send you somewhere else, but I do know that venturerider.org HAS READ ONLY manuals in a section.

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Ian, have you checked the switch connected to the rear brake pedal?
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Ian, have you checked the switch connected to the rear brake pedal?
Good point! I assumed he checked both.
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Ian Campbell ... If you do not have a services manual, please get one. They are free somewhere online. That said ...

My bike (2000 Road Star) has a "rear brake light switch." I would look at yours to see if it has one. (Mine is located near the rear brake petal.)

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 02:28 PM
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Hi Ian,

Welcome from the Netherlands!

Some good advice from several people here, I hope you can solve the problem.

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the last time I changed my rear tire I was surprised how much the simple pull-rod from the pedal to the rear brake drum was hanging up.

I think there are two swing arms that hold the brake rod in place, and both needed a liberal dose of White Lithium grease to be free.

Its possible yours is doing something similar and holding the rear brake switch on as well.

There is a wing-nut on the brake drum lever - push the lever forward, unscrew the captive wing nut all the way, and see if your pedal => pull rod => levers and springs are all moving freely.

If not get some white lithium grease from walmart and have at it. WD40 or other thin spray lubes will loosen it up too, but they dont stay in place long - in a month it will be sticking again if you dont use the spray grease.

Then put the wing nut back on and use it to adjust the rear brake free play. It was probably too loose to begin with if you havent adjusted it in a while.

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