License plate light


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
User avatar
GoldWingRev
Posts: 75
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:28 am
Location: Waukesha, WI
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Pull-behind trailer (my design)
1978 CB400T (Hawk II)

License plate light

Post by GoldWingRev » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:40 am



Hey folks,
Been looking at other 1500s (getting difficult due to the mid 20s-degree weather), and I've decided my license plate illumination is low. Does anyone else's light look this?


It just seems dark, compared to my other bikes. It's more reflecting off the back than shining down.


"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins)

User avatar
Dusty Boots
Posts: 689
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:25 pm
Location: Alvinston, SW ON
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500Aspencade

Re: License plate light

Post by Dusty Boots » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:58 am

That does seem a little dim (depending on camera settings)

Here's a shot of mine for comparison. ......




You might want to check it for dirt/mud covering the bulb, or it may need replacing (12V5W)


Dusty

User avatar
wingpilot08
Posts: 522
Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:43 pm
Location: Coatesville, PA
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800-HPNA - 27,000+ miles
1988 Bunkhouse camping trailer
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

Re: License plate light

Post by wingpilot08 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:35 am

Replace with a nice LED strip...that will brighten it up!!
08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 32,000+ miles
1988 Bunkhouse Trailer/Camper
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

User avatar
ct1500
Posts: 918
Joined: Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Location: Glastonbury,CT
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Contact:

Re: License plate light

Post by ct1500 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:51 pm

Your plate bracket has been bent too far rearward.
This is what I do
Local and need repair help with your 1500, Valkyrie or ST please click contact.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 18016
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: License plate light

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:34 pm

ct1500 wrote:Your plate bracket has been bent too far rearward.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well.

I dispense with license plate brackets altogether, the dealer (or whomever) doesn't pay me to advertise them for free on my vehicle, so I don't see the need to clutter my vehicle with them.

User avatar
GoldWingRev
Posts: 75
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:28 am
Location: Waukesha, WI
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Pull-behind trailer (my design)
1978 CB400T (Hawk II)

Re: License plate light

Post by GoldWingRev » Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:02 am

The bracket?

Hmmm. This is what I got (please excuse my colloquial speaking):


I hadn't realised the whole back side of the bike is a mirror. Maybe I should just replace the bulb.
Look normal?


"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins)

User avatar
Dusty Boots
Posts: 689
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:25 pm
Location: Alvinston, SW ON
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500Aspencade

Re: License plate light

Post by Dusty Boots » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:03 am

WingAdmin wrote: I dispense with license plate brackets altogether, the dealer (or whomever) doesn't pay me to advertise them for free on my vehicle, so I don't see the need to clutter my vehicle with them.



What Scott is referring to is your dealer's free advertising license plate frame, which appears to be blocking quite a bit of available light being cast upon your license plate. Remove that frame and then see how the license plate alone looks when remounted.

User avatar
ct1500
Posts: 918
Joined: Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Location: Glastonbury,CT
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Contact:

Re: License plate light

Post by ct1500 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:01 am

What you got GWR is a non OEM bracket, they are not held on by fender washers.
This is what I do
Local and need repair help with your 1500, Valkyrie or ST please click contact.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 18016
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: License plate light

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:16 pm

The bracket looks right, but the bolts are wrong - mine doesn't have fender washers.

I replaced my bulb with an LED, and my license plate is extremely well illuminated. Here's how mine is fastened:

License plate bracket
License plate bracket


User avatar
redial
Posts: 2008
Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:17 am
Location: Kapunda, SouthAustralia
Motorcycle: 1997 GL1500 Spectre Red Aspencade

Re: License plate light

Post by redial » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:35 am

As someone else mentioned, your bulb and lens appear to be a bit dusty, and could do with a clean. Make sure the rubber washer has not perished, and is still serviceable.
Len in Kapunda

The world is not going to finish today, as it is already tomorrow in Australia and New Zealand, and other islands of foreign nations such as Guam and Samoa.

User avatar
GoldWingRev
Posts: 75
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:28 am
Location: Waukesha, WI
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Pull-behind trailer (my design)
1978 CB400T (Hawk II)

Re: License plate light

Post by GoldWingRev » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:09 am

Yeah, all the angles and telemetry look good, I'll give it a clean in the morning. The bulb is quite yellow, I wonder if it's original.

Bracket, I gotcha. I took the dealer frame off--I had it on in case I had to bring it back (warranty!), and because I lost my chrome one. Once removed, visibility still sucked. It's like the angle of the light is to illuminate the mirrored back end of the bike.

For the LED to replace it, would I need to solder in a resistor, or can I just get the bulb? The way my mind works, I can't get my head around soldering. I can weld, but both times I've soldered I've just burned holes in myself and various objects in my garage.
"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins)

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 18016
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: License plate light

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:31 am

GoldWingRev wrote:Yeah, all the angles and telemetry look good, I'll give it a clean in the morning. The bulb is quite yellow, I wonder if it's original.

Bracket, I gotcha. I took the dealer frame off--I had it on in case I had to bring it back (warranty!), and because I lost my chrome one. Once removed, visibility still sucked. It's like the angle of the light is to illuminate the mirrored back end of the bike.

For the LED to replace it, would I need to solder in a resistor, or can I just get the bulb? The way my mind works, I can't get my head around soldering. I can weld, but both times I've soldered I've just burned holes in myself and various objects in my garage.
No soldering or resistors required. I just put in a 12 volt LED from superbrightleds.com. They aren't really 12 volt LEDs, they are just LED assemblies that have the resistors/drivers built into them already.

User avatar
GoldWingRev
Posts: 75
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:28 am
Location: Waukesha, WI
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
Pull-behind trailer (my design)
1978 CB400T (Hawk II)

Re: License plate light

Post by GoldWingRev » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:42 pm

Excellent. I'll clean the thing and order that up. As always, thank you everyone. This site is the best. From what I remember of the superbrightleds site, is there a model number to look for, or just choose license plate light, 12V5W wedge base?


"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins)

Post Reply