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1987 Honda VT 1100 tail light stays on when bike is turned off. Not the break light, just the tail light there ofr draining the battery. I disconected the positive to keep from draining.

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    Robert Nov 25, 2013

    Thank you all for the help, Mike had the answer. key has to be in the midle not all the way to parking which I never knew a motorcycle had a parking light.


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Are you sure the fault does not lie in the ignition switch. My Honda vf750 used to have a parking light, which you turned on by turning the key clockwise then taking the key out and not anticlockwise like normal. I'd make sure that it is not actually turning the light on at the ignition switch first.

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