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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Blinker On A Blink

Hi, Guys.
I have a 2002 RVT1000R that I purchased new in Houston, TX. The bike is now in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with about 26000 miles. I recently noticed that the right front blinker takes a long time before it starts to flash, when I first use it on a ride. Subsequent uses are not delayed in their response. i.e. It starts it's action right away.
Should I be worried ? The only things I've done are to raise the tank to service the K&N filters & to replace the battery, which is of a slightly lower amperage compared with the original, as those are not available here.
Traffic here is crazy, with cars not uncommonly trying to race you & getting upto 150 MPH on the freeway in town (!). If someone flashes their lights for you to mover over from the fast lane, it's best to do so or get risked getting bumped (or worse), from behind. No eating burgers, talking on the 'phone or texting, while you are parked (!) in the right lane. I just love that.
Ride Safe & Friendly (like they say in Texas).
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 05:10 PM
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Is it just the front right signal, or is it also the rear right signal as well?
If it's just the front right, it could be a wiring problem.

Possibly at the signal light connector or towards the rear.
Is the bike using OEM signals, or aftermarket signals, such as LED?
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I had a similar problem with mine if it is in fact both front and rear. When I purchased my bike the first time or two of using the blinks they would have quite a delay but it would go away with use. I took the blinker switch on the clip on apart and cleaned it with elec. cleaner and re lubed it with some dielectric grease and it solved the issue. Hope this helps.
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Thumbs up Blinking Banter

Wow ! Thanks ever so much for such quick replies to my worries, Guys.
Thanks, SubSailor & Angry Outcast. The problem is just with the R front indicator. The lights & blinkers, as everything else on the bike, are stock.
What both of you say makes perfect sense & since I am "DIY Challenged", I'll take it in to the Honda Service Center here in Riyadh to check it out. I'm changing the look of the bike from a US spec to the Euro colors of a UK edition, which'll be white with grey Honda stripes. I think everything should be a straight fit, as I'm ordering OEM parts from a Honda dealer in the UK. The fuel tank looks real 'purty' in white. I'll post 'photos of it, once I finally have an opportunity to swap out the parts, when I get them after Christmas.
Thanks, again, guys. I don't feel lonely here with my bike anymore, knowing y'all are just a mouse click away !
Ride Safe & Friendly.
Dr. Rahi,
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check the small writing on the bulbs. If one or more bulb replacements that someone fitted are of higher wattage than specified, this can cause the indicators to operate at a slower frequency. I don't know what the original spec. should be for bulbs as I use LED's on mine so can't check, but someone on here might know?
In any case of one is of higher rating than others, replace with lower rating. You'll see your indicators will flash quicker as a result.

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Thank you, Stig.
Since the UK spec bike has the same amperage battery, I'm assuming the bulbs for the indicators should not be a problem. Just that UK bikes have different shaped indicators, with sharp edges, while my US spec bike has rectangular ones with rounded edges. I'll call the UK dealer after Christmas & make sure, just the same. I can hardly wait for the parts now, especially looking at your Euro spec bike. I'm going to be crying myself to sleep until I get those parts. I'm trying to see if a local shipper can fly my parts over, as the dealership quoted me a price of GBP 638.00 to ship via UPS. A 'plane ticket to 'Ol Blighty costs less than GBP 400.00.
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