1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement


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1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby honeykitty » Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:13 pm



I have a naked 1981 gl1100 which has had a xanadu headlight fitted instead of the Goldwing lamp by the previous owner.
I cant find any nos Goldwing lamps so I was wondering about fitting a more modern headlight, maybe something with Halogen bulbs for the beams and led parking lights.(uk spec) Has anybody got any ideas? :?:



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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:31 am

The original OEM headlight used an H4 halogen bulb. You might be able to look at busdepot.com - they have this headlight for VW buses that fit perfectly into the 1100 fairing - don't know for sure if that will also fit into a naked receptacle. They'll sell them for $24.95 apiece.

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby honeykitty » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:43 pm

Thanks for the idea. The problem is that the previous owner replaced the whole unit including the case, and there is nothing original left of the headlamp. I was wondering if another Honda complete lamp would fit instead (keeping the classic look), or possibly something more modern in design, now that the original "naked" Goldwing headlamp is not available in the UK anymore. :?

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby goldtr6c » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:46 pm

I went through eBay for mine. It had the original plastic headlight bucket but was cracked badly. I found a bucket assembly from a 76 that was all metal. Looked a tad better also.

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby honeykitty » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:32 am

Yep Ebay an idea Ta.
Has any body got any ideas with regards too replacing it with a modern lamp :idea:

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:51 pm

I've been thinking about Bi-Xenon (high/low beam)
http://www.amazon.com/XENTEC-6000K-Adva ... ingdocs-20

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby honeykitty » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:36 am

Halogens are a good idea. :D
Has anybody fitted a complete lamp from another bike that looks good.(my gl1100's lamp is completly non original including the light holder/bucket and I will need the complete unit) Believe gl1100 headlight unit to be 7 inches?

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby goldtr6c » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:54 am

My 82 with Vetter faring, had an ordinary car headlight in it. I found in my junk pile a Bosch with the H4 bulb. Its better but starting to turn brown and loose its shine. I found these on eBay (item # 380236355051) and will be installing them with clear bulbs in lieu of the blue bulbs.

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby honeykitty » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:17 pm

Has anybody got any ideas regarding replacing the headlight shell with an alternative from another bike as Honda dont have stock of any original Gl1100 lights? My non original lamp is rusty and needs changing. :|

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:44 pm

I don't know about the shell, but the light itself can be replaced with the one mentioned above, also in this thread.

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby N2PPN » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:12 pm

Found these on eBay, take a look:


Headlight with bucket assy item # 230524690665

Mounts and side brackets item # 310249801586

Headlight shell item # 170537551623

Chrome shell item # 190440351392

A complete headlight assy?? item # 400150010970


I don't think the headlight assy for a naked wing has changed much over the years, you could probably piece together a whole new looking one from these items... good luck, and keep us posted, maybe place a picture in your reply with the old/new headlights side by side when you are done??


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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby honeykitty » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:21 pm

Thanks for that.
I will have to keep an eye on ebay (usa) as there is nothing available in the Uk at the moment.
We are getting married on Vancouver Island in a fortnights time, so after that it will be time to sort out my naked GL1100. Thanks all. :D

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 (naked) Headlight replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:39 pm

Congratulations! I haven't been to Vancouver Island in a long time, but I have a good friend of mine who lives there (in Nanaimo) and she wouldn't leave there for the world. It's beautiful there.




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