So my buddy brought me his Kawasaki Ninja service manual and asked me what this symbol is - sort of looks like part of a diode with a box instead of a line and is half shaded. I've tried looking it up but haven't had any luck and in the context of the diagram not a ton of things make sense. My best guess is they're connectors?

Also in the legend BK is black, Y is yellow and G is green.

Anybody know what these are?

Strange symbol

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the full context of these symbols? All I can see is Rear Left, Turn Signal, Light. License Light. I'm guessing these are some kinds of lights by that slim context \$\endgroup\$ – Funkyguy Aug 11 '14 at 17:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think the lights are represented by the bulb symbol, though, not the diode+box symbol. \$\endgroup\$ – dext0rb Aug 11 '14 at 17:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd guess it's actually the symbol for the type of connector used on the wire to the light. The one above it I'd guess is connected with a 2-pin block connector and perhaps the ones in question are individual, maybe bullet type. Usually manuals have a key to symbols. \$\endgroup\$ – John U Aug 11 '14 at 17:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Funkyguy You are right, it is the turn signal electrical diagram. Nothing unusual there. \$\endgroup\$ – tmwoods Aug 11 '14 at 17:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ OH WHOOPS! I was looking at the bulbs, not the diode things. It is clearly a monday \$\endgroup\$ – Funkyguy Aug 11 '14 at 18:03

Searching the web for information on motorcycle electrical schematic symbols shows that the symbol in question is a connector. The left side (the box) indicates the female side while the right side (the arrow shape) is the male side.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you provide an example of such a site? \$\endgroup\$ – tmwoods Aug 11 '14 at 18:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ Look at: ktm950.info/how/Electrical%20Shop/Wiring/Basics/… \$\endgroup\$ – Barry Aug 11 '14 at 21:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ You get a point for finding that symbol somewhere but as a rule I generally don't trust sites with Comic Sans font (I was actually on that site during my research but dismissed it). Either way I'm getting more confident this is a connector symbol. I'll go and take a look at his actual bike soon to confirm. Thanks for finding that. \$\endgroup\$ – tmwoods Aug 11 '14 at 21:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ (OT) 'Don't let the comic sans throw you' - classic quote linking to an excellent electronics article. \$\endgroup\$ – RJR Aug 12 '14 at 10:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ That hurt my eyes and brain. \$\endgroup\$ – tmwoods Aug 12 '14 at 16:17

That symbol is an old standard of representing a connector (those plastic connectors very similar to the connecters of ide cables of hard drives).


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