1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight


Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
Quarteg
Posts: 53
Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:10 pm
Location: Hilbert, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade
Contact:

1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Postby Quarteg » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:54 pm



Does anyone make an aftermarket headlight for the GL1200a? I would love to put an LED headlight in. I have halogen fog lights that put out as much as my high beam, and would love to just get a brighter headlight.

Thoughts?


"Good things come to those who wait. Great things come to those who go out and get them!" ~ John Chroninger 1998

User avatar
SilverDave
Posts: 367
Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:39 am
Location: Langley, BC
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 GoldWing Aspy

Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Postby SilverDave » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:28 pm

Up until last year , LED's were " brighter" but did NOT shine any light down the road . Also needed cooling fans , ad could melt your reflector plastic

Your 1200 has a fluted lens, designed for H4 incandescent , in order to focus the light with the parabolic reflector .

Last fall, I replaced my H4 with a motorcycle HID H4 replacement kit:

Something like this :
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/35W-5000LM-HID-H ... hI&vxp=mtr

Very bright, 30 watts, focused thru the fluted lens gave both hi and lo .... 10/10 in my book !!

--------------------------------------------

but just recently, someone has gotten the fan and cooling bugs out of the LED world .
These are supposed to be pretty good.
If I had not already carved a hole for my HID exciter box, I might give these a try :

http://www.xenondepot.com/H4-LED-motorc ... ed-mhl.htm

SilverDave

User avatar
Quarteg
Posts: 53
Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:10 pm
Location: Hilbert, Wisconsin
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade
Contact:

Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Postby Quarteg » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:37 pm

Thanks!

I will check into them. I am also considering getting rid of my Halogen fog lights and going with LED's. One step at a time. lol
"Good things come to those who wait. Great things come to those who go out and get them!" ~ John Chroninger 1998

User avatar
geraldm
Posts: 135
Joined: Fri May 15, 2015 12:07 pm
Location: pumphandle Saskatchewan ,Canada
Motorcycle: 86 gl1200 Aspencade

Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Postby geraldm » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:04 am

On my 86 I mounted a led flood spot just under my OEM light. Cheaper one$ 100-$150 just used for wildlife spotting but immediately noticed my radio lost reception. Apparently the higher priced ones $200- $300 maintain reception on the radio. Something you might want to watch for. I did read somewhere there is a cheap fix for this problem was either on this forum or the Steve Saunders forum. Just my 2 cents worth

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
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: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:15 pm

geraldm wrote:On my 86 I mounted a led flood spot just under my OEM light. Cheaper one$ 100-$150 just used for wildlife spotting but immediately noticed my radio lost reception. Apparently the higher priced ones $200- $300 maintain reception on the radio. Something you might want to watch for. I did read somewhere there is a cheap fix for this problem was either on this forum or the Steve Saunders forum. Just my 2 cents worth


Some LEDs have a DC-DC converter in them that put out a ton of unfiltered RF back into the power supply lines. This is just poor (cheap) design. Often, this can be fixed by putting the power wires through a ferrite (toroid) choke, as close to the LED as possible.

User avatar
geraldm
Posts: 135
Joined: Fri May 15, 2015 12:07 pm
Location: pumphandle Saskatchewan ,Canada
Motorcycle: 86 gl1200 Aspencade

Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Postby geraldm » Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:20 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
geraldm wrote:On my 86 I mounted a led flood spot just under my OEM light. Cheaper one$ 100-$150 just used for wildlife spotting but immediately noticed my radio lost reception. Apparently the higher priced ones $200- $300 maintain reception on the radio. Something you might want to watch for. I did read somewhere there is a cheap fix for this problem was either on this forum or the Steve Saunders forum. Just my 2 cents worth


Some LEDs have a DC-DC converter in them that put out a ton of unfiltered RF back into the power supply lines. This is just poor (cheap) design. Often, this can be fixed by putting the power wires through a ferrite (toroid) choke, as close to the LED as possible.

any special size choke required for this problem or does the type vary with different wattage sizes




Return to “GL1200 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests