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Front light is blows out fuse 15 amp

When you turn the switch to turn the bike on it blows the headlamp looked for possible wires loose at a loss?

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Cheak all the junction boxes of wires around the ignition and under the fuel tank an make sure they are not corroded or shorting out, they simply need cleaning with a small pick or screwdriver and some electical cleaner

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