If the head light switch is in the OFF position, you can flash your brights by pulling the (left side handle) head light switch towards you. As long as you hold the handle the lights will stay on.
If the light switch is in the ON position, the brights will STAY ON if the handle is pushed away from you. You can still flash the brights by pulling the handle towards you.
If the high-beam (blue light on dash) indicator is illuminated, the brights are on - unless there is a malfunction in your unit.