Gl1200 lights dead switch?


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banditman87
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Gl1200 lights dead switch?

Postby banditman87 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:21 pm



I have an American spec 85 12, as its now 27 years on its a tad tired.

Someone has added two switches to it. One of which turns off the headlight which is nice to have. As it is American spec every other light illuminates which can be a strain starting it when cold. I am in the process of adding a higher cca battery and i know the alternator is good but was thinking, as I have a spare switch is it easy to "dead switch" the remainder of the accessory/marker/saddlebag etc lights so I can choose to switch all on when the engine is running?

I'm assuming a wire must run near the ignition which would be accessible to run to a switch? Has anyone done this? Is it straight forward or is it an advanced degree in electrical engineering I may need?


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Re: Gl1200 lights dead switch?

Postby redial » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:38 pm

Just remember that the USA spec mc require that the lights go on with the ignition. This is a safety feature, that I really like. However, in other places like Oz, there is no requirement for the lights to be on while on the mc is being ridden, and I assume that this is also true in the UK.

However, from my understanding, when the starter is engaged, the headlights are turned off, so as to minimise the load on the battery. I would suggest that you can never have too many CCA, as long as the battery fits the carrier for it. I would be trying for a new battery before you start going down another path. If your battery is fully charged and is maintained at these levels of charge, then the mc should be ready for all duty, as designed. You may add extra lights, but make sure that the output from the alternator is able to keep the battery fully charged in these circumstances of lots of lights.
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Re: Gl1200 lights dead switch?

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:51 am

You could try this....Remove this fuse...check if the bike still starts and it's removal yeilds the results you want.....A fused switch then could be used in place of the fuse itself.

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Re: Gl1200 lights dead switch?

Postby banditman87 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:47 am

Thanks virgin. Sounds like the best idea. Assuming all lights go off said fuse would a 'fuse tap' be needed then wire the switch to that or would it be a case of removing the wires to that fuse and adding a switch prior to the fuse box?

My wiring knowledge is ok just with so many damned wires i like to be sure before chopping any up :)
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Re: Gl1200 lights dead switch?

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:11 pm

No need to chop wires...Remove the fuse,determine power and load connections,push 2 single taps,attach a external fuse and wire the 2 leads to a switch....use appropriate size wire.
We used this method to kill the brake lights on the cop cars for stealth(no lights) driving the drug infested neighborhoods.
It worked great till one forgot to turn it back on and he couldn't get his car out of park... :shock:

The car has a brake lock solenoid on the shifting lever....no brake lights..no shifting from park..




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