M696/796/1100 owners: Taillight issue solved
Hey guys, i just want to share a small issue i had with my bike recently that i was able to solve fairly quickly and easily. I've got a 2012 monster 796, but my guess is that this might apply 696 and 1100 owners too.
I noticed one night that my front brake lever was not activating my brake light. The rear brake was still activating the light so i knew it was isolated to the front switch and not a fuse or the taillight itself. I checked the switch on the lever and it's a water sealed switch. It was fine. So I just followed the wiring to the next point and found two bullet style connectors tucked behind the frame on the right side of the bike near the oil cooler air deflector. Sure enough these connectors are open to the atmosphere and was the cause of the bad connection. They have these little rubber sleeves around them preventing a short, but they're not sealed so water can easily get in and corrode them. I found some water in there so i cut off those useless rubber covers, cleaned up the connectors, re connected everything and sealed it up with shrink wrap. Electrical tape would work well too. If anyone runs into the same problem check these bullet connectors first. You have pull apart your air deflector in order to get them as they're tie wrapped behind the frame but that's pretty easy. Here's a picture of the connectors. You can see the useless clear rubber covers. Hopefully this helps someone out.