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Old November 7th, 2019, 09:09 PM   #1
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Headlights matter...

So, when I do track days on my 'combo' bikes (street+track) like Saturn, I pull the fuses to make sure my tape doesn't melt onto the lights.

After I fixed Saturn up earlier this year I realized there were some issues that are "past my pay grade" (my aftermarket dash was psychotic, I needed new tires and I don't have a mounter) so I took it to the shop and mentioned if they could finish converting back for street while they were at it. I guess they forgot and I didn't think to check...

Rode to work in the daylight... Started riding home around twilight and had an 'oh ****' moment. I pulled over to verify the problem and I saw a biker go by and glance at me distinctively. Once I realized there was nothing I could do until I got home I decided to just ride as defensively as possible, ride my brakes (at least that light was working) a bit, and once I got past the bridge to ride on the shoulder. About a 1/4 mile down the road I saw the biker from earlier and he must've realized my issue when I pulled over because he fell in behind me and escorted me home.

Teaches me to not check that stuff before heading to work!
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Old November 10th, 2019, 06:13 AM   #2
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Yikes, glad it ended safely
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Old November 10th, 2019, 09:21 PM   #3
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Agree.never hurts to do the pre-ride inspection each, and every time. I get it though. Glad it didn't become a worse situation.
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Old November 10th, 2019, 10:05 PM   #4
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Glad you made it home safely!

Darn mechanics! If you don’t give them specific instructions, they always seem to forget something. I guess that’s why U.S. Army recipe for chocolate-chip cookies is 5-pages long! You can be assured it’s made properly and tastes exactly same anywhere in world!
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Old November 11th, 2019, 04:05 PM   #5
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Glad you made it home safely!

Darn mechanics! If you don’t give them specific instructions, they always seem to forget something. I guess that’s why U.S. Army recipe for chocolate-chip cookies is 5-pages long! You can be assured it’s made properly and tastes exactly same anywhere in world!
Eh, it was my own fault -- should've checked but I think I just haven't had the mental click it gets dark so early thanks to the clock change yet.
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I read this thread before going to sleep the other night, and it gave me weird nightmares about my motorcycle headlight not working lol
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Did they not mention to you that your headlight wasn't on? Should be part of any shop's safety inspection!
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Old December 12th, 2019, 11:49 AM   #8
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Did they not mention to you that your headlight wasn't on? Should be part of any shop's safety inspection!
They’re almost entirely a track oriented shop; so I don’t actually put any fault on them.
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Sorry, not trying to disparage you, I want to know if I misunderstood. You pulled the fuse and could not just stop and put a fuse in the slot? I may have misunderstood which bike you were discussing as I dont know the Names of your bikes VS models. I am just asking if this was just a missing fuse or if there was a reason you could not replace the fuse on the street curb or if this is a different bike than I thought and you possibly removed the headlights for the track like I did to my bike.

Glad it worked out for you
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Old December 19th, 2019, 12:03 PM   #10
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Sorry, not trying to disparage you, I want to know if I misunderstood. You pulled the fuse and could not just stop and put a fuse in the slot? I may have misunderstood which bike you were discussing as I dont know the Names of your bikes VS models. I am just asking if this was just a missing fuse or if there was a reason you could not replace the fuse on the street curb or if this is a different bike than I thought and you possibly removed the headlights for the track like I did to my bike.

Glad it worked out for you
When I put the bike in track mode I put all the items (fuses, mirrors, etc) in a small toolbox; so there was no way to put it in without getting home first. Bikes are all identified in my profile to the left
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