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SA indicator pushed int fairing.

1250 SA K8 Fell of the sidestand (Again!!!! Who designed that thing?).

As well as losing another £40 clutch lever (:-s), the indicator got pushed into the fairing. I can see it looks to be just a push fit into the fairing but should I undo the nut in the centre first or is it just a lubricate and fiddle job?

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  • kieran_aust Dec 22, 2008

    Thanks.



    I removed the nut in the middle and that separated the soft rubber from the plastic backing plate. From then it was easy to replace.

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Undo the nut in the middle 1st - may save you from scratching the fairing

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Do you notice that if you leave it in gear after it stalls....that even with the clutch in it won't crank the starter?
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Tip the bike over and the tipover switch kills the ignition and fuel pump if it has one.

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Initially, for a no spark concern on a 1990 Honda CBR1000F, checks would be on:
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