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Old Yesterday, 05:12 PM   #1
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Tiger 800, track day prep question - unplugging lights

Hey All - I'm heading for my first track day on the Tiger 800. I know I have to turn off or tape all lights. I also understand that you DO NOT tape the headlight due to melting issues. SO - how are you fine folks handling this? Is there an easy spot that unplugs all lights up front and another for the rear?

Other track day prep pointers are appreciated too!
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Old Yesterday, 06:06 PM   #2
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Can you not just pull the fuse?
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Old Yesterday, 06:17 PM   #3
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You'd think - however; my understanding is that the bike will not start without that fuse in place. But I will give it a shot.

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Can you not just pull the fuse?
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Old Yesterday, 06:37 PM   #4
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Remove the bulbs?
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Old Yesterday, 07:24 PM   #5
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I just ran a trackday at Mid-Ohio last week and I took the Tiger 800. I simply unplugged the headlight bulbs so no heat to worry about under the tape. Worked fine, and super easy to do. I tried pulling the headlight fuse but the bike would not start so I unplugged the headlights and it worked fine. Did the same to the tail light and I removed the turn signals rather than just taping them over.

Bike was fun on the track. A little slow on the straights but ran well elsewhere. Fun ride.

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Old Yesterday, 09:04 PM   #6
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Makes sense and seems like the simple way to handle it. Thanks!

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I just ran a trackday at Mid-Ohio last week and I took the Tiger 800. I simply unplugged the headlight bulbs so no heat to worry about under the tape. Worked fine, and super easy to do. I tried pulling the headlight fuse but the bike would not start so I unplugged the headlights and it worked fine. Did the same to the tail light and I removed the turn signals rather than just taping them over.

Bike was fun on the track. A little slow on the straights but ran well elsewhere. Fun ride.

Later,
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Old Today, 12:10 PM   #7
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Figured I'd put my solution up here as a reference point in case anyone else needed this info in the future.

I pulled fuses 2 & 3 which turned off every light except the headlights. This allowed me to not have to remove the bulbs or unplug the blinkers, tail light and front parking light. I then simply unplugged the headlights - pulling the headlight fuse makes the bike not start.
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I had some after market streetfighter set up on my Katana and just taped the headlights. Never had melting issues. Used painter masking tape I got at the Practicar, German Home Depot.
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