Horn switch failure '09
I have what seems to be a horn switch failure. I post only to see if there might be some mysterious alter-effect I don't know about.
Common with Hondas, the handlebar switches corrode and the regular fix is a shot of electronic contact cleaner. Having had three Wings, the starter, turn signal, and horn switches ceasing to work was almost routine, and a shot of the cleaner did the trick every time. If only it had worked on the front brake light switch! which the 18s ate like popcorn.
I changed my horns to PIAAs for an easy way out solution. They worked fine for a good while.
We were in downtown Chicago the other day and I did a test beep, having had many a vehicle horn go groggy from disuse.
No dice, only intermittent operation if at all. Contact cleaner was applied, to minimal avail.
The bike has not exhibited any spider bite symptoms in the 18 months/14,000 miles of my ownership. I did add an extra ground wire or two here and there along the way doing grip heaters and things like that; maybe I warded the bites off that way.
So I will pull the switchgear apart to see if I can fix the contacts. If not, off to Ebay for a new box.
I should have added horn relays, yes, but the other bikes in the garage complain about abandonment more loudly than does the Yamaha.
2018 Versys 650LT in the hands of the Missus
2004 Suzuki SV650S, also Hers
(Recently departed) GPZ/ZX1100E, best bike I ever had.
And some others over the course of the decades.
In the avatar: 1966 Velocette Venom Thruxton and 1967 BSA Royal Star.