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gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby jab2of3 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:50 am



Hi,

Can anyone recommend good, under $100 driving lights for a GL1100 Interstate. Sabre Cycles have a special bracket for the GL1100 and the lights (halogen 55w). I think I need the bracket but as far as lights go I think there are better lights.

Help is appreciated!
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Jeff


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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:18 pm

You do not want to put a pair of 55 watt driving lights on a 1100. The electrical system will not support it.

I put a pair of 35 watt lights on my 1100 which it can carry, but I also replaced all other lights (brake, running, turn) with LEDs in order to gain power reserve to do it properly.

You also probably do not want to buy them (or anything) from Saber Cycle, or else your lights will likely end up skipping down the road as the cheap bracket breaks into pieces. :) If you contact them to complain, they'll blame you for installing it wrong (or some other excuse).

See the user comments.... Vendor record: Saber Cycle

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby bcassel » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:06 pm

I got some small driving lamps from Kragen (now O'Reilly's) for $29. The are about 2" diameter and 3" deep. What is really cool about them is they come with a 35 watt bulb that works very well, but you can up grade or down grade by going to the local hardware store (OSH) and getint 12 volt track light bulbs.

I've now decided to install a second set with 20 watt floods and one set with 50 watt spots. The 20's will run daylight and with the low beam at night, the 50s will be for night time with the high beam.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby jab2of3 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:46 pm

wow saber does have issues. I have only ordered brake pads and had no issue.

If the lights are wired directly to the battery will the system handle it without converting other lights to led lights. I had this on my buell and it seemed fine.

Does any one know where I can get running lights and brackets elsewhere??????
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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby bcassel » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:01 pm

Here's a shot of my mini lights.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:28 pm

Hello!
I was kicking around the idea of replacing the headlight on my 1980 gl1100 with a halogen bulb.Will this make any difference for night driving?Or is the standard bulb as good as it gets?Regards,Johnyy

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:31 pm

Johnyy Smoke wrote:Hello!
I was kicking around the idea of replacing the headlight on my 1980 gl1100 with a halogen bulb.Will this make any difference for night driving?Or is the standard bulb as good as it gets?Regards,Johnyy


It should already have a halogen bulb in it.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:53 pm

O.K.
So the halogen is as brightest as it gets then.(Still new to this).Thanks,Johnyy

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:21 pm

Johnyy Smoke wrote:O.K.
So the halogen is as brightest as it gets then.(Still new to this).Thanks,Johnyy


Try replacing it with a Sylvania Silverstar bulb. They draw the same current, but are quite a bit brighter. They make special motorcycle version bulbs that are more resistant to vibration and won't burn out as soon as auto bulbs will. I've had one in my 1100 for a couple of years now.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby bcassel » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:49 pm

Change out your stock headlight with a silverstar sealed beam. I takes a 6024 and will plug right in. You will get better light pattern, more light and it will draw less amperage. You will not regret it.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:32 pm

I went with Bi-zenon HID conversion for the headlight ,brighter ,whiter draws only 35watts of power. Took some modifications to fit but you really cant tell, I also changed to LED 1157 bulbs.
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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:11 pm

Thanks,
I have allready checked into 1157-and all the other various led bulb sizes for my ride,however it seems to be that this is a project that can rapidly get expensive.From what I read-the 1157 is at least $13.00 (U.S.) each.Then you need to buy a regulator so the bulbs dont flash way to fast-I assume you would need one for the rear signals also.I noticed that there were pleanty of warnings to stay away from the el-cheapos on e-bay, as they have an inexpensive chip that is prone to fail.
So i guess that,for now,I will concentrate on the silverstar headlamp.The brighter light will help others see me-in this game you need all the advantage you can get!Regards,Johnyy

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:08 pm

Johnyy Smoke wrote:Thanks,
I have allready checked into 1157-and all the other various led bulb sizes for my ride,however it seems to be that this is a project that can rapidly get expensive.From what I read-the 1157 is at least $13.00 (U.S.) each.Then you need to buy a regulator so the bulbs dont flash way to fast-I assume you would need one for the rear signals also.I noticed that there were pleanty of warnings to stay away from the el-cheapos on e-bay, as they have an inexpensive chip that is prone to fail.
So i guess that,for now,I will concentrate on the silverstar headlamp.The brighter light will help others see me-in this game you need all the advantage you can get!Regards,Johnyy


If you're going to take apart the headlamp and install a Silverstar, then while you're in there, install a headlight modulator. It's the single best safety item you can add to your bike, in terms of making it visible to traffic.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:46 pm

I am also leaning that way-a modulator is a great idea!Regards,Johnyy

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:17 pm

Johnyy Smoke wrote:I am also leaning that way-a modulator is a great idea!Regards,Johnyy


There's some good information about headlight modulators in the How to install a headlight modulator article. It includes the statutes and rules for them.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby britman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:15 pm

bcassel wrote:Here's a shot of my mini lights.

You can buy a set of these lights from Walmart for around 20 bucks then go to the Home Depot ot Lowes and get some 35 watt bulbs there still going to be bright and wont put to much strain on the electric system .And if your looking for a headlight modulator try this one its just a plug and play . Ive had people at stop lights ask me why my light is flashing when i tell them why they it works http://www.comagination.com/

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby bcassel » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:23 pm

From Walmart the mini driving lights at $19 a set, plus about $6 for each lower wattage bulb. At O'Reilly's the same type set up comes with 34 watt bulbs for $25.

I'm in the process of putting a second set on my 1100. One set with 20 watt floods for daytime and low beam nights and one set with 50 watt spots for high beams at night.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby britman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:36 pm

Plus you can make your own brackets to fit them to the engine case guards . I had some on some parts i got it was a U shaped bolt threaded and then some flat metal chromed with 3 holes drilled in the flat bar 2 for the u bolt and one for the lights .

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby t-bar12 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:21 pm

bcassel wrote:Change out your stock headlight with a silverstar sealed beam. I takes a 6024 and will plug right in. You will get better light pattern, more light and it will draw less amperage. You will not regret it.


Any idea where to get that kind of headlight in the UK? Do you know if they are legal to use in the UK?

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby sheks » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:29 pm

t-bar12 wrote:
bcassel wrote:Change out your stock headlight with a silverstar sealed beam. I takes a 6024 and will plug right in. You will get better light pattern, more light and it will draw less amperage. You will not regret it.


Any idea where to get that kind of headlight in the UK? Do you know if they are legal to use in the UK?

the seal beam is illegal in uk (left hand drive\right hand drive) on low beam the sealed beam will blind the on comming traffic. your best bet is to go for the silverstar h4 bulb or simular avaible in uk. if you have any problems find them pm me .)
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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby BadBowTie » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:30 pm

i have a 81 also and i am thinking about putting some led driving lights on mine. led's take less power to run them.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby norseman47 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:26 am

Installed one of these earlier this year. What an amazing difference from the old OEM light bucket. The output is very well defined & aimed. Glad I got one.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby italianmotofest » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:41 pm

norseman, does that 7" light fit right in? Did you need the trim ring adaptor they sell?

I have also had this same idea. But I was curious as to fit.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby norseman47 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:04 pm

Pops right in as is. No ring needed. The only thing I did was to replace the existing bezel mounting screws with molly bolts. The existing screw blind nuts had dropped down into the depths of the fairing. I got short mollys, drilled the holes a little bigger for them & then cut slots for the anchor pins with a dremel. Just be sure to orient the slots so the expanding wings clear the lamp opening.

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Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Postby italianmotofest » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Thank you! This is now my next mod.

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