1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions


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1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions

Postby landisr » Mon May 04, 2015 8:25 pm



Hi Gang. Can someone help an apparently feeble minded member? I am doing some PM on the ol' scoot in preparation for the Run For The Wall ride next week. Great progress until checking rear lighting after removing/replacing the saddlebags(new shocks, etc). I no longer have power in a 3 wire connector behind/below the left saddlebag, meaning the 6 bulb aftermarket lights don't work. All other lights including the other sb work. No fuses are popping. 2 questions: 1) is it safe to "assume" that I have left a harness buried behind the saddlebag, or that I pinched a wire? And 2) and this is embarrassing... the "light" below the license plate does not work. So is/was there a kit to convert it from a reflector, and if so could these two issues be related? Going back to the wiring below the left sb, the factory 4 wire connector has been reconnected. There is also what appears to be factory 3 wire male and female connectors as well. However when I plugged them together, the above described problems showed up. No voltage on either connector. Any ideas? If necessary I will take the bag back off, but my thought is that I should focus on the remaining major items and come back to it, as I could live without the left sb lighting if I run out of time....

Things were going so well, too. I'm hoping it's something simple that I am missing. I've owned this bike since new and have installed all the accessories. The bike is running perfectly after 172,000 miles, but I don't want any surprises on this trip (or any other). The tell-tale drip is telling me the water pump wants attention, and a new one is on the bench waiting for it's turn here.


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Re: 1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions

Postby landisr » Mon May 04, 2015 8:27 pm

PS. Thanks in advance for any wordly advice here.

Ron in AZ
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Re: 1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions

Postby landisr » Mon May 04, 2015 11:38 pm

Another PS. As further evidence that I think I'm losing it, here is a little humor for ya... After removing all the necessary plastic to replace the sub-air and cruise filters, I had a bit of a challenge getting the reverse lever back on, because it fought a bit coming off.... Any way, while exercising much patience and twisting my tongue all different ways I got it back on and reinstalled the side plastic. But before I moved on to the next phase I figured I had better check to make sure reverse etc worked ok. So I started the bike, let it run for a few seconds, then raised the reverse lever. The neutral light went out but the reverse light didn't come on, and when I pushed the starter button, nothing.... nada... Hmmmm..... Then Bright Boy noticed that the kickstand was down (the bike is on a lift right now)... Put it up, and everything was good to go. Whew. I think I'm starting to hear the distant grey pastures calling my name.... :? :P

Ron
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Re: 1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 05, 2015 10:00 am

The "light below the license plate" comes as a reflector from the factory. If you have a light there, it is aftermarket.



That said, it likely ties into the same place you are now not seeing power. My recommendation would be to pull the bag off and trace the wire, to see at what point in the harness you DO have power, then figure out where the disconnect lies.

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Re: 1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions

Postby landisr » Tue May 05, 2015 10:46 am

Thanks, WA. Will do, and will post my findings.

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Re: 1994 GL1500 Aspencade Saddlebag Light Questions

Postby landisr » Tue May 05, 2015 3:48 pm

Hi back. All is well once again. It turned out that I in fact did have the aftermarket center light as shown in WingAdmin's pic, and I had just found an incorrect combination of connectors. Thanks for your patience everyone, and wish us luck on our ride to Wash DC next week. Have a nice Memorial Day weekend if I don't "talk" to you again here before I/we leave. Be sure to thank all veterans for their service.

Ron

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