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So there I was at around 4:45 p.m. west coast time going up Mount Rose Hi-way enjoying my KLR and thinking every thing is fine because the temp gauge isn't showing signs that the motor is on fire. I'm thinking I'd like to just go up there (to Tahoe) and buy some lottery tickets and have a cup of coffee and then go back home.

So I'm riding and riding and finally make it to South Lake Tahoe (where the casinos are) and I keep riding until I see a sign that welcomes me to California (where lottery tickets are sold). So I stop at some gas station that has a little convenience store with it and I ask these East Indian folks running the place if they sell lottery tickets. They said no but pointed me to go further down the road.

So I'm traveling down this road and pretty soon I'm not seeing too much of anything except some tent camping places and things are getting more wildernessy as I go along and then I soon realize that I'm on the road that if I stay on it it will take me all the way around the lake. So, I think, why not?

I'm only wearing a t-shirt and it's a little cold but not too bad. So I ride and here and there run into some kinda cool places that have little shops and cabins and eventually I get to a place called Tahoe City, California and that area is nice and clean. I wanted to stop somewhere to get a coffee but the restaurants I saw had lots of cars parked around 'em so I didn't want to mess with anything too busy and so I kept riding.

One person flicked his lights signaling that maybe mine weren't on. This was around 7 and the sun was well past the zenith so it was getting a little dark. I kept riding until I got to where I was close to taking Mount Rose back to Reno though at this time I was still in California. So there I was putting through this little village on the lake and I see a simple place where I can get some coffee and sit at a little table in front so as to watch the traffic and see the lake. I give the girl $4 for a cup that cost $3.19 for medium and tell her to keep the change. Feeling like a big man for being so generous, I walked over to the coffee cylinder container and find that there's only like three swallows of coffee. She offers to return some of my dough as I didn't want to wait around for her to make more but I tell her to keep it anyway.

I step outside take two swallows and throw it away. It tasted awful with the two ounces of suger-free vanilla she put in it. I go to a 7-Eleven down the road and buy some lottery tickets. I come out and start my bike up and put my hand in front of the head lamp. NO LIGHT!

I start riding like a banshee and eventually see a sign with an arrow that says 35 miles to Reno! I ride up the hill and then down the long, winding other side like a mad man because I just want to get to my cozy apartment and have a cup of coffee while there's still a hint of sunlight. People are honking and I just keep gasing it hoping a cop doesn't happen along. I don't at all like riding in an unsafe manner but I at least hit the turn signals when I got into areas where there was some traffic so that they'd at least know I was there. (Neither high beam or low bean or the instrument lights worked.)

It's a pretty crappy thing to be a good ways from home and have to go crazy speeds in order to race the waning sun rays. And what is it about my bike that it seems like nearly every time I get on it something goes wrong? Grrrrr.

Thanks for reading about my little adventure.:33a:
 

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nice little adventure!
It was. If I should ever get my hands on some dough I wouldn't mind having a place up there. But then again, the sun is blocked out a lot by the mountains and trees for much of the day, and that could be a little depressing.:(
 

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Alvin -

Good to hear you're out riding!

Now, on the headlights - simplest thing first.

If the guys at the shop were well into our bike they may have had the front fairing off. When putting it back on, they may have forgotten to plug the headlights back in. I say that because having neither low nor high beams would indicate it's not blown bulbs.

This is going to be a bit hard to see, so maybe using your hands is best. Reaching up from under the fairing, just in front of the fork tubes, see if you can feel the back of the headlights. Feel for the headlight connectors being plugged in. If you can't get your hands in there (it's tight!) peer up there with a flashlight.

If that doesn't work, pull the windscreen off. It's just the four little Phillips head screws. With that off you should be able to see down into there.

If they are not on, you will probably have to pull the fairing off to plug them in. that's not too hard, either. Let us know what you see.

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Alvin -

Good to hear you're out riding!

Now, on the headlights - simplest thing first.

If the guys at the shop were well into our bike they may have had the front fairing off. When putting it back on, they may have forgotten to plug the headlights back in. I say that because having neither low nor high beams would indicate it's not blown bulbs.

This is going to be a bit hard to see, so maybe using your hands is best. Reaching up from under the fairing, just in front of the fork tubes, see if you can feel the back of the headlights. Feel for the headlight connectors being plugged in. If you can't get your hands in there (it's tight!) peer up there with a flashlight.

If that doesn't work, pull the windscreen off. It's just the four little Phillips head screws. With that off you should be able to see down into there.

If they are not on, you will probably have to pull the fairing off to plug them in. that's not too hard, either. Let us know what you see.

T
I bet a dollar that it is just the fuse under the seat on top of the battery.
 

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Good point, BUGKLR.

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Turn in your KLR card. This kind of extravagance just leads to expectations by wait staff everywhere that the rest of us will do the same. It may take years to undo this damage.

I've been thinking about the break I got due to the coffee lady not having enough coffee in the container. If she had had enough, I very likely would have taken my time and sipped it for 20-minutes ... and then got on my bike and discovered I had no light. And had that of happened, I think I would have done a real dumb thing and tried to have made it back to Reno anyway, and that would have been crazy because I'm sure I would only have made it half way there before having to park it because it would have been waaaay too dark.
 

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Glad to hear you're out riding, Alvin. Sounds like a good trip to me.
Thanks, my Friend!

I did have fun until the last part, but at least when I was doing those wild 80-90 mph speeds in dwindling light, nothing catastrophic happened.:63a:
 

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I've been thinking about the break I got due to the coffee lady not having enough coffee in the container. If she had had enough, I very likely would have taken my time and sipped it for 20-minutes ... and then got on my bike and discovered I had no light. And had that of happened, I think I would have done a real dumb thing and tried to have made it back to Reno anyway, and that would have been crazy because I'm sure I would only have made it half way there before having to park it because it would have been waaaay too dark.
I removed my post about "Leaving the change". It is a long standing joke that KLR riders are tightwads, shopping at Goodwill, pirating internet and cable TV. Don't leave tips. Re-reading my post, even I couldn't see humor in it, so I removed it. Even Letterman puts out a groaner once in a while.

Sorry to have detracted from your thread. Hoping all drama is behind you, and you experience nothing but happy trails.
 

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Alvin -

Good to hear you're out riding!

Now, on the headlights - simplest thing first.

If the guys at the shop were well into our bike they may have had the front fairing off. When putting it back on, they may have forgotten to plug the headlights back in. I say that because having neither low nor high beams would indicate it's not blown bulbs.

This is going to be a bit hard to see, so maybe using your hands is best. Reaching up from under the fairing, just in front of the fork tubes, see if you can feel the back of the headlights. Feel for the headlight connectors being plugged in. If you can't get your hands in there (it's tight!) peer up there with a flashlight.

If that doesn't work, pull the windscreen off. It's just the four little Phillips head screws. With that off you should be able to see down into there.

If they are not on, you will probably have to pull the fairing off to plug them in. that's not too hard, either. Let us know what you see.

T
You're always so helpful I wish there was a way to put you in my back pocket, as then this old boy would feel a lot more secure.:character00268:

Several months ago I had a situation whereby I was at a nearby motorcycle shop talking to a fellow that I'd talked to before and with whom I had done business with. And he asked how my bike was going and I mentioned that the high beam had recently gone out and that I couldn't talk for too long because I needed to get home before the sun went down. I told him that the low beam had gone out a while back and that I'd been getting by with the high beam and that the Kaw shop wanted $80 to fix the problem. The guy was really great about it and immediately called for his mechanic and told him to fix the problem. So he took a halogen bulb from a packet of two and charged me for half the cost of the packet, $14.

It had been working great ever since. But now I wonder if maybe that might be the culprit considering it wasn't a Kaw bulb or sealed light, just a bulb that was put in there. Hmmm.
 

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I removed my post about "Leaving the change". It is a long standing joke that KLR riders are tightwads, shopping at Goodwill, pirating internet and cable TV. Don't leave tips. Re-reading my post, even I couldn't see humor in it, so I removed it. Even Letterman puts out a groaner once in a while.

Sorry to have detracted from your thread. Hoping all drama is behind you, and you experience nothing but happy trails.
I liked the post and wish you'd put it back up!!:46::)
 

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It had to be an H7, which is a standard bulb.

The issue is that you have no high or low beam, and it is quite unlikely that both bulbs would burn out at the same time (unless the high beam burned out and you didn't know it, and thus wasn't there when you wanted it for back-up). H7 bulbs normally have a pretty long service life. There's nothing special about a 'Kawasaki' bulb, except that it costs twice as much...

When you hear hooves, think horses are coming, not zebras. So, the two likely scenarios are that a) the fuse is blown, as BUGKLR suggests (which I believe would also take out your tail light - check that!) or b) the dealership forgot to plug them in.

If both look OK, then check the bulbs. It's easy, you can do it. The bulbs are $30 a pair at your local auto shop.

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I bet a dollar that it is just the fuse under the seat on top of the battery.
I'm going to ride to the Kaw shop here in Reno in a few (though I don't like putting dough in the owner's pocket ...) and hope like heck that you're right. I have an appointment to bring my bike to the Kaw shop in Carson City (36 miles from me) to have them put tank and motor guards on her this Saturday. I am a little leery about asking them to take care of the headlight, as that could possibly cost more dough than is required, if you catch my drift.:62:
 

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It had to be an H7, which is a standard bulb.

The issue is that you have no high or low beam, and it is quite unlikely that both bulbs would burn out at the same time (unless the high beam burned out and you didn't know it, and thus wasn't there when you wanted it for back-up). H7 bulbs normally have a pretty long service life. There's nothing special about a 'Kawasaki' bulb, except that it costs twice as much...

When you hear hooves, think horses are coming, not zebras. So, the two likely scenarios are that a) the fuse is blown, as BUGKLR suggests (which I believe would also take out your tail light - check that!) or b) the dealership forgot to plug them in.

If both look OK, then check the bulbs. It's easy, you can do it. The bulbs are $30 a pair at your local auto shop.

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The instrument lights went out with the episode. So I don't know what that's indicative, probably fuse.

Cool comment about the horses and zebras.:35a:
 

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We owe BUGKLR a cigar then. If the instruments went out, it's the fuse. It's under your seat, just aft of the cross bar of the frame (aft of the battery) if memory serves. You should see you have no tail light, either.

Damn, I was sure I heard zebra hooves....

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UPDATE: The 20 amp fuse was blown and I went to a car store and bought a several more. I didn't go riding around but did start it twice and there was no issue with it blowing, so THANK YOU All for helping me hone in on the problem!! Hopefully she'll run like the wind and not leave me in the dark again.
 
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