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The controls for the turn signals and emergency blinkers are unresponsive, no relay tripping noise or lights changing states. I opened up the signal controls, everything looks fine. Could this be the flasher relay?
 

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could be, could be faulty wiring too

To get an idea of where the real problem is, get a multimeter or voltmeter and check if the relay gets energized at all, then follow the wiring to 'hunt' down the issue ;)

Will be waiting for developments..
 

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You might want to start your search in the fuse box ;)
 

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I checked out the fusebox, it looked like all the fuses where in good order, so it's not a blown fuse. There is a kawi dealership nearby, so I'll ask them if I can test a new relay, and I'll know it's not the relay if it still doesn't work. The bike also has a weird problem where steering the front wheel tugs on the accelerator cable, causing the engine to rev. It reminds me of that prank where you rig the horn up to the brakes...

I'll post my findings this weekend, if the blinkers don't work with the new relay a going-over of the electrical system is in order...
 

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Mulcibre said:
The bike also has a weird problem where steering the front wheel tugs on the accelerator cable, causing the engine to rev.
You have to check the cable routing too, but most likely someone took the the carbs out and didn't adjust the throttle cables properly when they went back in. If the cables are too tight the problem you described can occur. You can adjust the slack by turning back the 10mm nuts right where the cables(there are two, one opens the throttle the other closes) attach to the carbs. You are supposed to have about 1/8 inch slack in the throttle to avoid the very issue you have. There is a procedure in the manual for adjusting them but it's pretty simple.
 

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2001ex500 said:
You have to check the cable routing too, but most likely someone took the the carbs out and didn't adjust the throttle cables properly when they went back in. If the cables are too tight the problem you described can occur. You can adjust the slack by turning back the 10mm nuts right where the cables(there are two, one opens the throttle the other closes) attach to the carbs. You are supposed to have about 1/8 inch slack in the throttle to avoid the very issue you have. There is a procedure in the manual for adjusting them but it's pretty simple.
I figured as much, when going to twist the throttle there is zero slack before the engine responds. I'll adjust this too! Thanks guys!
 
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