No headlight


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mikie 1954
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Joined: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:53 pm
Location: CALIENTE, CA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I INTESTATE

No headlight

Postby mikie 1954 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:00 pm



On my 1983 GL1100I my headlight does not work. All other lights work (clearance , turn ) , there is no power to the wires at back of headlight,the fuse has power . Is there something in between the fuse and headlight that I should be checking?



indianakid
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Joined: Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:28 pm
Location: long beach, ca
Motorcycle: 83 GL1100 I

Re: No headlight

Postby indianakid » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:31 pm

OK........... the stater button is a two position switch. when it is pushed the contacts are made to send power to the solenoid to power the starter motor. at the same time another set of contacts in the switch are opened to kill power to the headlight. the reasoning is there will be more battery power available for the starter with the headlight off. so when you release the button the starter stops and the head light comes back on. so a possible solution to your problem is to clean the starter switch. you can try just spraying it with WD40 or similar but the best way is to disassemble and clean. best of luck.

mikie 1954
Posts: 27
Joined: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:53 pm
Location: CALIENTE, CA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I INTESTATE

Re: No headlight

Postby mikie 1954 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:56 pm

Thanks . That give me a starting point. The switch hung up a while back and I used electric cleaner on it, maybe that's it .

mikie 1954
Posts: 27
Joined: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:53 pm
Location: CALIENTE, CA
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I INTESTATE

Re: No headlight

Postby mikie 1954 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:04 pm

Got it ! Thank you , it was the start button. I took it apart and cleaned it now the headlight works like a champ. Thank you indianakid ,I would not have looked for that. Again THANKS!

dwight007fchr
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Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:43 pm
Location: Culpeper, Va
Motorcycle: 1983 1100 Goldwing Interstate

Re: No headlight

Postby dwight007fchr » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:57 pm

IndianKid.......Great call. I will make a mental note about the starter switch/headlight in case I have the same problem down the road.




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