How about a gear indicator for a GL 1100


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How about a gear indicator for a GL 1100

Postby maintainer » Sun May 17, 2015 9:40 am



Has anyone installed a good gear indicator?
If ever a bike needed one, it's my 82 GL 1100. I'm tired of trying to upshift when in 5th gear, it's annoying, hard on the foot and maybe even the shifter. Because this bike cruises at an 4-4.5 K it always feels like it needs OD gear and makes me regularly try to upshift when it's already in fifth. I know this is trivial, but I am accustomed to an indicator and would like a good one. Reliable, affordable, and a straightforward install preferred.
What cha got guy's??


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Re: How about a gear indicator for a GL 1100

Postby Earl43P » Mon May 18, 2015 6:55 am

The 83 Aspencade or Interstate had an OD light for 5th.
That switch had two wires instead of one and lit an OD lamp.
You'd need to add that switch to the transmission front cover and add your choice of indicator light.
I think the OEM was in the speedo.

The switch provides a ground so the wiring is easy. Fused key on power to indicator light, then its ground gets connected to the new switch lead. Neutral light should be unaffected.

I just lift up on the shifter without clutching. If it moves easily, it's in 5th.
My 93 has an OD lamp. I use it.
When all else fails, RTFM!

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Re: How about a gear indicator for a GL 1100

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 18, 2015 9:47 am

Your 1982 GL1100 has only a neutral switch, there are no switches that tell it what gear it is in. So if you want a gear position indicator, you're limited to one of two types:

- Gear shift indicator - these normally have a magnetic sensor you mount near the shifter, and a magnet you mount to the shift arm. It physically senses the gear shift moving up and down, and then guesses what gear you are now in. Not entirely reliable.

- Tach/speed indicator - these read the engine speed and the speedometer speed, and comparing the two, work out what gear you are in.

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Re: How about a gear indicator for a GL 1100

Postby Earl43P » Thu May 21, 2015 11:52 am

"So if you want a gear position indicator, you're limited to one of two types:"

Make that 3 types:

OEM switch, 35759-MY4-000, from a 95 SE looks like it shows several connections/wires, specifically enough to warrant having a connector.
I suspect it has Cruise Control and needs to know what gear you are in? I know a Valkyrie guy took a multiple position gear indicator switch from a GL1500 and made an LED Gear Indication plate.

Your original switch had ONE wire, for Neutral. part # 35759-MB9-871
An 87 Aspencade appears to have two wires, probably the second wire is so it indicates OD. part # 35759-MG9-771
A 95 Aspencade uses part # 35759-MY4-000.

All of these switches look like they mount the same, I know the one on my 93 would certainly fit in my 82 if I wanted an OD indication. Seems pretty electrically simple to use a switch from a model that had an OD light (like my 93) and wire it to an indicator lamp that you install and know when it lights, you are in OD.


Figure out which model/year has the feature you want (just an OD light or all 5 gears + Neutral) and graft that switch into your transmission cover. Then add wiring for the indicator light for the gear(s) you want to know about!


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