No headlight


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Coasterwy
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Joined: Tue May 07, 2013 5:35 pm
Location: Kimball Nebraska
Motorcycle: 1977 Honda GL1000 Goldwing

No headlight

Postby Coasterwy » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:58 pm



1977 GL1000 Goldwing. I came home yesterday and my headlight wasn't working. Checked the fuses, ok. Replaced the bulb. Still nothing. I don't know much about electrical, and this is frustrating me. Any ideas?



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kwild
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Location: Anaheim Calif.
Motorcycle: 84 Standard
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Re: No headlight

Postby kwild » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:20 pm

Spray some cleaner into the start button. The start button kills the headlight while starting the engine.
Should do the trick.
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Coasterwy
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Location: Kimball Nebraska
Motorcycle: 1977 Honda GL1000 Goldwing

Re: No headlight

Postby Coasterwy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:56 pm

kwild, that did the trick. Thank you.

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Placerville
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Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: No headlight

Postby Placerville » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:42 pm

Spraying cleaner into it is only a short term solution and you're going to have trouble again. Because most owners run a higher wattage light than the original 40W/50 (including accessory lighting), the starter switch overheats because the headlight circuit goes through the switch. The heat causes corrosion which causes the contacts to fail. This leads to an assortment of issues including the one you've experienced. If left as is, that switch will eventually disintegrate. I suggest that you pull the switch out, (carefully) disassemble, clean, lubricate and reinstall it. After that's done, install a relay on your headlight to save your switch.
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portugeezer
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Location: Mchenry, Illinois
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1982 Gl500
1984 Honda Magna V30

Re: No headlight

Postby portugeezer » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:19 pm

Mine had a Vetter fairing on it that was dealer installed when the bike was new. I got all the original paperwork with the bike. Some of the old wire splices were not making good contact anymore and that was causing issues with my headlight sometimes not working. Fred helped me install relays but they got burned up when I had a garage fire. When I replaced the fairing I went through and soldered all those old splices. My headlight is bright and reliable now without having installed relays yet. I do however intend to reinstall relays




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