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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 21st July 2020, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Difference in ignition key barrels? EU v US

I'm in the process of retrofitting a sv1000 fork assembly on my suzuki gs, incl the ignition lock.
And its supposed to be connected the same way as my gs with two and two wires having continuity but it's not. I have continuity between red(battery), orange(switched power) and Brown(parklights). The orange/yellow doesn't have continuity with anything (it's supposed to have with Br) this according to the 2003 wiring diagram i have found online via this site) idk what year ignition lock I have.

So basically my parking lights will be on even if the light switch is off.

Is my ignition lock faulty or does the EU version not have the option of shutting off all lights?

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The States based guys will be able to flesh out what i am saying here, but, i think that in the U.S. their headlights aren't hard-wired like EU and Australian/New Zealan units....

Meaning, they have an on/off switch on the left switch block for the headlights.....

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US bikes all have their headlights fixed to ON...got to install your own switch to shut them off if you want. I believe that the US SV's have a 100 ohm resistor in the ignition switch as a theft preventative measure and not sure if other Countries had such a thing.
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US bikes all have their headlights fixed to ON...got to install your own switch to shut them off if you want. I believe that the US SV's have a 100 ohm resistor in the ignition switch as a theft preventative measure and not sure if other Countries had such a thing.
...Really? Honestly thought it was an option to have them on or off over there....was there a time gone past where there was a seperate headlight switch ?
Is this the same across all bikes....

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...Really? Honestly thought it was an option to have them on or off over there....was there a time gone past where there was a seperate headlight switch ?
Is this the same across all bikes....

I'm not sure how long the practice goes back but my first bike was a 1993 Honda Nighthawk and its headlight came on when you turned the ignition on.


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...Really? Honestly thought it was an option to have them on or off over there....was there a time gone past where there was a seperate headlight switch ?
Is this the same across all bikes....
Yes....back in the 'Dark Ages' bikes DID come with headlight ON/OFF switches.....but then our Overlords decided that we'd be more reliable tax payers if we stayed alive longer so 'safety' improvements were implemented. My first bike....'76 RD400 had the light switch, but since the '85 V-Max they've come with lights wired to ON. Of course....we installed switches to turn them off which is easy on the SV if you have the Eastern Beaver relay kit with that option. VERY good idea to be able to defeat the lights just in case of charging system failure as it gives you at least a half-hour of additional run time before the battery goes flat. Might save some pushing or a tow.
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Do you guys know if it is a legal requirement in the States, or is it just that you have to take what you were given form the manufacturers ?

It is a legal thing in Oz, possibly NZ too....

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