Basic Electrical – Check

The dismantling continues (albeit slowly as it’s freaking cold out there), The condition of the electrical was unknown as the bike hadn’t had a battery for some time. Visual inspection of the accessible wiring showed it in good condition with no obvious issues. A multimeter across the battery connections showed no dead short, so I cautiously hooked up a new battery (found at Walmart of all places) and turned the key.

Honda CB350 lights on

Amazingly all the bulbs seem to work right out of the gate. Headlight, taillight and indicators on all four corners. Turn signals do not flash (dead relay?), horn honks and the neutral light turns on and off when the bike is put into gear (I also love the fact that the high beam indicator is a red light on the top of the headlight housing).

A replacement tail light cover was ordered as the one on the bike currently is broken.



  1. Pieter says:

    What is a “Read light”?
    There is no way reading a map while riding is safe.

  2. Mugwug says:

    Sure it’s safe… ok, typo corrected.

  3. Madeye says:

    I’m impressed. Usually, when a bike’s been sitting that long, enough corrosion builds up in those bulb sockets, increasing the resistance to the point where the bulb current no longer flows. Might be worth taking a peek in those sockets, just to be sure they’re clean.

    Brake light sender switches work OK? Often another area, especially the rear switch, where corrosion is an issue.

    So far, it seems like ‘good news’ ;-)

  4. Mugwug says:

    My bad – front brake doesn’t trigger the brake light, rear is just fine.

  5. Madeye says:

    Yeah – front brake light switch is a teeny spring-loaded piston in that brake lever assembly, perhaps it’s sticky. WD-40?

    On the other hand, you may want to check your wiring diagram … may account for some those loose wires hanging out there … LOL!

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