I bought a used 2007 BMW F800ST with 20k miles and it was working great. Then at a stop sign it fell over to the right (Had right foot on the brake and left foot down, I'm a new rider and had taken some allergy medicine and boom...) Caused a minor crack on the fairing where it has that hole and flares out at the bottom of the bike, yet other than that great. Well it stayed at my parents house for a week, then when I came to pick it up, while driving it, the lamp light came on after about 20 minutes. Yet my cousin who was following me, came close to me a couple of times, and he said he couldn't tell when I was braking. After we stopped and I tested my brakes, the brake light was on all that time. I tried to remove the bulb and didn't realize that you had to push in and then turn (It was an old bulb and stuck in there), I was pushing, pulling and turning, yet didn't get the combination down correctly. A guy from a store who lended me a screwdriver came out and we tried to get the bulb out, and he used a flat head to push the metal tab that comes out of the little indent on the right side. He actually pushed the metal piece further into the socket. I then was able to get a hold of the parts dept at a BMW dealer, who informed me how to take the bulb out. I got to Oriely's part's store and changed it to a LED bulb and the same thing, no change. Then drove to the BMW dealer, and the parts guy worked on it, putting in the stock required bulb (Incandescent 1157), yet no change. I ordered the Front Brake switch, based on his recommendation, and just plugged it in w/o removing the old one, no change. I reset the battery and, no change.
A tech said it could be the rear brake switch, yet you hear that click when you activate it, and we weren't hearing the click on front brake, hence why the parts guy rec. ordering the Front brake switch. They also said it could be an ABS issue. Another guy on here from the post of "Brake Light Always On Issue" said he discovered after thorough testing that it was the front brake wire harness being loose. Not sure if he meant the plug or the actual wires coming from underneath.
I took shots of the light socket are under my profile of motorcycles. I tried submitting the link, but would not allow me.
I'm wondering if that metal "U' shaped tab on the right could be causing the issue or is it something else. I've researched on this forum and have not come up with any other conclusions. Please share any wisdom and helpful solutions.