lighting question


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dkmk81
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lighting question

Postby dkmk81 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:05 am



Hi,
I just joined your great site this morning. This past weekend I bought a 1981 GL1100 in really good shape.
I have two questions; sorry if they should be in separate threads. First, the headlight, front amber running lights and tailight
are always on and my question is, should the rear amber lights (turn signals) be on all the time too? They're not. (I need to get the bike
inspected this week). Second, in looking through the list of owner's manuals, I see a manual for the GL1100 and the GL1100 Standard.
What are the major differences in the models?

Thanks in advance.
Dean



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virgilmobile
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Re: lighting question

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:32 pm

Your lighting is correct.No amber running lights in the rear.
Some mechanical features,gauges and wiring.I think the starter is a different length between year models.But basically the same.

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Re: lighting question

Postby dkmk81 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:19 pm

Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it.
I don't think I was clear in my second question. Is there a
difference in the 1981 GL1100 and the 1981 GL1100 Standard models?
It appears there are manuals for both.

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Re: lighting question

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:49 pm

dkmk81 wrote:Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it.
I don't think I was clear in my second question. Is there a
difference in the 1981 GL1100 and the 1981 GL1100 Standard models?
It appears there are manuals for both.


I may be confused,but within the same year(1981) only 2 types of the wing were made....
the gl1100...also referred to as a "standard or naked"
the gl1100 interstate ...also known as the gl1100i
the aspencade didn't show until 82.

So I suspect the manuals you see cover the naked and the full dress.Again the difference between them in the same year would be the equipment necessary for the interstate package.Wiring and mounts,lights,etc.Given enough resources, one could convert one to the other.

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Re: lighting question

Postby dkmk81 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:01 am

Thanks again for the info.

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Re: lighting question

Postby moffat » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:41 am

My 1982 US imported GL1000 Interstate has a rocker switch on the right hand side of the fairing (that may have been retro fitted), to turn the front amber running lights off if needed whilst leaving the front and rear red lights on. Mind you I always leave them on for safetry reasons as the more visible you are the better.

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Re: lighting question

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:56 am

moffat wrote:My 1982 US imported GL1000 Interstate has a rocker switch on the right hand side of the fairing (that may have been retro fitted), to turn the front amber running lights off if needed whilst leaving the front and rear red lights on. Mind you I always leave them on for safetry reasons as the more visible you are the better.


That's definitely an aftermarket addition.




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