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#996169 - 09/05/17 12:55 AM No Backlit Controls  
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so I took my first night ride and silly me discovered that the switch gear was not backlit. Fo some odd reason I assumed (ugh oh) that they would be...are the 17's the same?


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#996211 - 09/05/17 05:58 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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I have never owned a motorcycle with backlit switch gear.


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#996263 - 09/06/17 04:05 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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I haven't either, but for some reason I thought the RT was. Whats funny is that the buttons on the left side of the fairing are back lit in red...


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#996265 - 09/06/17 05:09 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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The newer Multistrada 1200 has backlit control switches, but AFAIK that's the only bike with backlit switches.
It does look pretty nice at night and I didn't find it distracting at all.

#996286 - 09/06/17 09:26 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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I would think it would be most useful especially with all the buttons and especially the wonder wheel....maybe a future addition.


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#996287 - 09/06/17 09:31 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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When I started riding years ago, you were lucky if your headlight worked, now we worry about lighted switch gear grin


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#996292 - 09/06/17 11:04 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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If you're riding an RT, you're still lucky if the headlight works.


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#996295 - 09/07/17 12:27 AM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Hank in WV]  
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Originally Posted By: Hank in WV
If you're riding an RT, you're still lucky if the headlight works.


Odd, I never had any problems with my 3 RT's.


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#996300 - 09/07/17 01:33 AM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Norm 82]  
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Lolo...like everything...until you have it you didn't know you were missing it!


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#996308 - 09/07/17 04:01 AM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Norm 82]  
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Originally Posted By: Norm 82
When I started riding years ago, you were lucky if your headlight worked, now we worry about lighted switch gear grin

I had a car one time that had a bad electrical connection somewhere and every once in awhile all of the lights would go off. It was pretty exciting when that happened while driving on a winding mountain road at night.

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#996342 - 09/07/17 10:54 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Marty Hill]  
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Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Originally Posted By: Hank in WV
If you're riding an RT, you're still lucky if the headlight works.


Odd, I never had any problems with my 3 RT's.



I just put my 4th one in on my 2010.


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#996344 - 09/07/17 11:18 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Hank in WV]  
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Originally Posted By: Hank in WV
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Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Originally Posted By: Hank in WV
If you're riding an RT, you're still lucky if the headlight works.


Odd, I never had any problems with my 3 RT's.



I just put my 4th one in on my 2010.



Just looked at your tag line and I would have guessed that with a 67 & 69 Triumphs in the corral you would think electrical problems were situation normal... Lucas Electrics founded by Joseph Lucas, the price of darkness laugh

Seriously though, that isn't normal. Check for abnormal resistance/voltage


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

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#996345 - 09/07/17 11:21 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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The audio system controls are backlit on my '15 RT. They must of figured once your blasting tunes nothing else matters


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

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#996386 - 09/08/17 04:35 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Paul De]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul De
The audio system controls are backlit on my '15 RT. They must of figured once your blasting tunes nothing else matters

Not on my 15 RT.
GT

#996411 - 09/08/17 10:54 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Paul De]  
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only the buttons on the left side of the fairing are back lit. I was thinking the handlebar controls should be as well....


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#996412 - 09/08/17 11:08 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Paul De]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul De
Originally Posted By: Hank in WV
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Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Originally Posted By: Hank in WV
If you're riding an RT, you're still lucky if the headlight works.


Odd, I never had any problems with my 3 RT's.



I just put my 4th one in on my 2010.



Just looked at your tag line and I would have guessed that with a 67 & 69 Triumphs in the corral you would think electrical problems were situation normal... Lucas Electrics founded by Joseph Lucas, the price of darkness laugh

Seriously though, that isn't normal. Check for abnormal resistance/voltage



My first bike was a 56 Triumph Thunderbird, so I'm pretty familiar with the Princ. I think the light switches were marked dim, flicker, and off. I'm sure you wouldn't see them at all at idle if they were back-lit.


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#996447 - 09/09/17 01:38 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: gordiet]  
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Originally Posted By: gordiet
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The audio system controls are backlit on my '15 RT. They must of figured once your blasting tunes nothing else matters

Not on my 15 RT.
GT


I checked again to be sure and the left side faring audio control buttons are definitely lit.


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

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#996449 - 09/09/17 01:56 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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Originally Posted By: Stu K
so I took my first night ride and silly me discovered that the switch gear was not backlit. Fo some odd reason I assumed (ugh oh) that they would be...are the 17's the same?



I think I solved your problem. If there is no back lighting, then maybe front lighting will do!



If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

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#996459 - 09/09/17 05:07 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Paul De]  
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That will definitely solve the problem!


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#996460 - 09/09/17 05:08 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Paul De]  
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The wonder wheel and handlebar controls are as well?


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#996481 - 09/09/17 09:07 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Stu K]  
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Why would you want them backlit? you know where they are some you cant even see anyway ( headlight main/dip for example) I want to see the road ahead and possibly the speedo and fuel gauge everything else is just a distraction

#996573 - 09/10/17 11:41 PM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Exportman]  
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Originally Posted By: Exportman
Why would you want them backlit? you know where they are some you cant even see anyway ( headlight main/dip for example) I want to see the road ahead and possibly the speedo and fuel gauge everything else is just a distraction

My feelings exactly. FWIW the Goldwing also has backlit switches, I had a 2010 and had miscellaneous lights on the left grip, right grip, tank center, left fairing, and right fairing. Mostly they were out of my sight line but still annoying.


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#996578 - 09/11/17 12:54 AM Re: No Backlit Controls [Re: Exportman]  
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I would prefer them back lit just for the convenience . Maybe as I get used to the whole set up i'll feel different but, I just thought they would be. Kinda of like you didn't know you were missing it until you had it...


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