Today I learned about the "city light". I never knew about this!
While waiting for the bike inspection at the local AAA, I turned the bike off. Then, the inspector comes over to start. I turned the key in the ignition. He checks the signals, brake lights with hand and brake controls, license plate & tail lights. All work fine.
I guess he thought that dinky city light was the low beam, because he saw a light on. He asks me to turn on the high beam, and I flipped that switch, and NOTHING!
He was going to fail me, but as I started the engine to leave, the high beam (switch still in that direction) came on. He saw it, so we finished and my bike passed inspection. Still, I thought OH CRAP, maybe a loose wire? I'll have to get it checked out at the motorcycle shop.
When I returned home, I checked the MOM and learned about the "city light" on page 57 under general information. So, I'm actually all good! And, I did some additional checking to see what else is ON with only the key, when the engine is started, and when the engine is stopped BUT key still on, and made a chart of what I learned.
I also did some searching here and came on VulcanHead's reply back in 2018, mentioning the "city light" in a headlight thread.
Yes. The city light comes on once you turn the ignition key on. The headlight will come on once you hit the starter. It will remain on, with the city light also, until the ignition is turned off......
Sharing so no one else makes the same mistake I did.