Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: lakes region, NH, usa
If you are saying you shorted the two connectors at the switch (harness side) and did not have it work I would guess you may have the switch wires right at the master. Fiollow those wiress down to the steering head area (right side) and you should see them connect to the harness with 2 bullet connectors. With key on and wires disconnected you should be able to turn the brake light on by shorting these 2 harness side connectors. If not you may have a broken wire as it is the same circuit front and rear and you said the rear is working.
Harness issues are very rare on these bikes so odds are it is in the front brake switch or sub harness for the front brake switch. Also make sure no one changed the brake lever and lost the little black actuating puck that is only held in place by being trapped between the lever and switch. Do you have the switch with 2 wires built into it and about a foot of wire? Or the early switch that just has 2 male connectors right on the switch? Switches do fail and can be out of adjustment so before buying new figure out if it...
1. is the switch.
2. the switch just needs to be adjusted
3. someone lost the puck