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    Headlight High & Low Beams & that "City Light"

    Today I learned about the "city light". I never knew about this!

    While waiting for the bike inspection at the local AAA, I turned the bike off. Then, the inspector comes over to start. I turned the key in the ignition. He checks the signals, brake lights with hand and brake controls, license plate & tail lights. All work fine.

    I guess he thought that little city light was the low beam, because he saw a light on? He asked me to turn on the high beam, and I flipped that switch, but NOTHING!

    He was going to fail me, but as I started the engine to leave, the high beam (switch still in that direction) came on. He saw it, so we finished and my bike passed inspection. Still, I thought OH CRAP, maybe a loose wire? I'll have to get it checked out at the motorcycle shop.

    When I returned home, I checked the MOM and learned about the "city light", and how the headlights don't come on with only the ignition, you need to start the bike. So, I'm actually all good, but learned something today.

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    News to me too, I thought it was called the front parking light.

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    Low power with the bike not running so you don’t drain the battery if you leave the ignition on for 10 minutes.
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    I figured it was to meet some regulation in another country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    I figured it was to meet some regulation in another country.
    I'm pretty sure our DOT requires parking lights that can operate for 20 minutes without the vehicle running. Is one of the reasons Montesa is not imported as a street legal motorcycle here, it has no battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    I figured it was to meet some regulation in another country.
    Parking Light, the P position on most ignition switches. In some European cities (and maybe other areas), when parked street side marker lights are required to be used.

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    Kawasaki has done this for years. the headlight wont come on until the engine starts. I would be concerned about an inspector that doesn't know about lighting.
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    Yamaha's too. Mostly through the '80s.

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