How to fix bad headlight switch?
Here is what happened. I went to leave work the other day and noticed my headlight wasn't on after I started the bike. I flipped it to bright and the light came on so I switched it back and the dim came on, seemed to work fine. By the time the bike had warmed up, the dim did not work at all. It was still dark so I turned my bright on and rode through town. No problem. I got to the highway and the light was still working so I thought the filament had just burned out. Well I am riding up an on-ramp to change highways and my headlight goes completely out. It is recently resurfaced so the pavement is black. It is overcast. No traffic. It is a 20 degree incline and a 120 degree turn with an uneven gravel shoulder on one side and a drop off on the other and I am going 50 mph in full lean. I nearly crapped myself. My light came back on a few feet later just before I made it to the shoulder. It did this another time before I got to the highway. I tapped the switch after I got upright and it worked until I got home. I rode during daylight last week and my buddy rode ahead of me and told me my light (bright) kept going in and out until it eventually died. It hasn't worked since.
It is not the bulb. I replaced that with the original before the switch went all bad and it did the same thing. Replacing the whole assembly (because it is all one unit) will cost me $150 dollars if I can find the part. Any suggestions on what to check to be sure it is the light switch and if so is there a way to repair the original 23 year old one? A friend told me he used to have a '74 CB something or other and the little contacts in his got corroded and he fixed it himself with difficulty.
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