Does anyone know why the entry lights do not work at times when approaching the bike with the fob. Seems to be related to not running the engine for a while but not positive that is related...any ideas?
I think you are on to something - the fob hasn't lost communication because the bike will start every time. I also think that the sensor for the lights becomes disabled after turning on (the entry lights) and timing out with no engine start up. Again, not certain about this as it does work most of the time as expected.I suspect that the receiver circuit may shut down after long periods of no activity to preserve the bikes battery.
I think I have figured it out.Does anyone know why the entry lights do not work at times when approaching the bike with the fob. Seems to be related to not running the engine for a while but not positive that is related...any ideas?
Keeping the receiver circuit on the bike running all the time would eventually drain the battery, so Honda shuts it off after a programmed time period. If you turn the key or push a button on the FOB it wakes the bike up and the receiver turns back on.If the fob is turned off would you still have the same issue? I keep fob about 15-20’ from the bike but turned off. I turned it on and approached the bike but the ignition wakeup white ring nor the puddle lights came on. If I hit the button on the fob then the lights come on.
The circuit that times out is the receiver/transmitter circuit in the Smart Control Unit in the bike. It powers off to save the bikes battery, and once it does, the bike can no longer sense that the FOB is near. The reason the saddlebags still open is because when you press the button, it wakes up the receiver, and then the bike transmits a signal to the FOB asking for authorization, and then the FOB responds back with its authorization code. All this happens in micro-seconds, so you don't notice the delay. The act of you pressing the button caused the circuit to wake up and begin the transmit/receive process.I cycled the ignition “ON” an then turned it off. The ring (and entry lights) did illuminate upon powering down.
When I reproached the bike after a few minutes the ring did illuminate as well as the entry (perimeter-puddle lighting). I did this several times and the lighting consistently illuminated. I guess there is a circuit that will “time out” and has to be re-energized for the perimeter and ignition ring to light upon approach with the fob powered on. However the bags can be opened regardless of whether the ignition ring is illuminated as long as the key is on and in range.