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Motorcycle Repair/2007 honda rebel 250


my bike would not start thought it was battery bought new one still nothing found 3 shorted wires in tail light repaired all that works is the head light no horn no other lights and every time i push starter head light goes on and off any ideas

Forrest, the bike should have a fuse block with separate fuses for various functions. Usually it is back by the battery under a side cover. Usually there is a separate tail light, headlight and main fuse.  

If you had shorted wires in the tail light then the fuse is blown. Check them all to see if they are blown or broken internally.

The headlight is supposed to go out when you hit the starter button, then come back on when you release the starter button. This allows the starter motor circuit to get extra current that would be shared with the headlight, if the switch didn't swap functions internally.

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.


I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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