## gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
jab2of3
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Motorcycle: 1981 gl1100 interstate

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! Thanks Jeff thanks, jeff WingAdmin Site Admin Posts: 17387 Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm Location: Strongsville, OH Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE 1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold) 1989 PC800 (wife's!) 1998 XV250 Virago (sold) 2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer ### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas 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 bcassel Posts: 90 Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:57 pm Location: Woodland, CA Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 Interstate. Originally Candywine color, now Chrysler Cool Vanilla. ### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas 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.

jab2of3
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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??????
thanks,
jeff

bcassel
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Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 Interstate. Originally Candywine color, now Chrysler Cool Vanilla.

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Here's a shot of my mini lights.

Johnyy Smoke
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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

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.

Johnyy Smoke
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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

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.

bcassel
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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

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.
Ride safe, Todd
Over night campers welcome

Johnyy Smoke
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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 WingAdmin Site Admin Posts: 17387 Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm Location: Strongsville, OH Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE 1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold) 1989 PC800 (wife's!) 1998 XV250 Virago (sold) 2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer ### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas 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.

Johnyy Smoke
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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

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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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.

britman
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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/

bcassel
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Location: Woodland, CA
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 Interstate. Originally Candywine color, now Chrysler Cool Vanilla.

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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.

britman
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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 .

t-bar12
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Location: Birmingham, UK
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500J

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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?

sheks
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Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:36 am
Location: Tel Aviv
Motorcycle: 1980 GLI 1100 Interstate

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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 .)
BRIAN(SHOCKO)

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Location: Columbia, Missouri
Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100 Interstate
1998 gl1500 se

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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.

norseman47
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Location: Ulster Park, NY
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100I

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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.

Kuryakyn 7 in. Diamond-Cut Trillient Halogen Headlight w/Black Dot Harley Motorcycle - Dennis Kirk
https://www.denniskirk.com/kuryakyn/7-i ... 213763.sku

italianmotofest
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Location: Shepherdstown, WV
1982 GL100I Interstate
And others

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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.

Thanks,
Bill

'82 Aspy

norseman47
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Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100I

### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

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.

italianmotofest
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### Re: gl1100 driving lights Ideas

Thank you! This is now my next mod.

Bill