The automatic-on headlamp feature provides increased visibility of the rider to other motorists. Be sure headlamp is on at all times. Poor visibility of rider to other motorists can result in death or serious injury. (00030b)
See the YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL section at the beginning of this manual. Be sure to record all your key numbers in the space provided at the front of this book.
The ignition/seat release switch controls electrical functions of the motorcycle.
Protect your vehicle against theft. Failure to lock the motorcycle after parking could result in theft and/or equipment damage. (00151b)
Do not operate vehicle with forks locked. Locking the forks restricts the vehicle's turning ability, which could result in death or serious injury. (00035a)
Do not lubricate barrel locks with petroleum based lubricants or graphite. Inoperative locks may result. (00152a)
Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the key before locking the motorcycle. Leaving the key in the ACC position will keep the instrument lights on and result in a discharged battery. (00156a)
To review the functions of each switch position, refer to Table 1.
  1. See Figure 1. To remove the key from the ACC, IGN or OFF position, push the key in and turn it counterclockwise to the LOCK position.
  2. To remove the key from the FUEL position, push the key in and turn it clockwise to the LOCK position.
  3. Pull the key outward.
Table 1. Ignition/Seat Release Switch: VRSC Models
Unlocks seat latch. Seat is hinged and can be lifted from right side allowing access to fuel filler cap.
Locks seat latch and switch and allows key removal.
Turns off ignition, lamps and accessories (disconnects battery voltage from IGN and ACC terminals).
Turns on accessories. Hazard warning flashers can be operated. Instrument lamps are on. Brake lamp and horn can be activated (connects battery voltage to ACC terminal).
NOTE: When switching to the ACC position, a startup diagnostic performs a systems check. The instrument background lighting illuminates, gauge needles sweep their full range of motion and the battery, security, coolant temperature and check engine indicator lamps illuminate.
Turns on ignition, lamps and accessories.
1Fuel/seat release position
2Lock position
3OFF position
4Ignition position
5Accessory position
Figure 1. Ignition/Seat Release Switch: VRSCSE