Turn signal flasher

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Andrew Szafran, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. I have a Nighthawk 550 in which the turn signal flasher died. Honda
    wanted $50(!) for the original part. I went to Pep Boys and installed a
    generic $8 2-wire electronic flasher in place of the original Honda 3-wire
    flasher, leaving the ground wire to the flasher unused. For the first
    time since I bought the bike, my turn signals work correctly, without
    having to periodically slap the flasher to get it to blink.

    My question is: why is the original flasher so expensive? It does not
    incorporate self-cancelling or any other nifty features - it's just a
    regular 'ol blinker unit.

    Andrew Szafran, Sep 27, 2004
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  2. Andrew Szafran

    OH- Guest

    On my XT600 I did the same - installed a generic flasher relay, but
    for me it was a electromechanic 2 wire one to replace the same type.

    The price is one order of magnitude lower. OTOH the Yamaha part
    lasted something like 10 years / 60 000 km and I have had to get
    2 cheap replacements to get me through 4 years / 30 000 km. Still
    the only reasonable choice IMHO.
    OH-, Sep 27, 2004
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  3. krusty kritter wrote:


    '91 XL1200
    '89 White Pig

    "I just keep gettin younger, my life is funny that way..
    Before I learned how to talk, I forgot what to say." -Neil Young
    Sportster4Eva, Oct 1, 2004
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