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1500 lights

Postby fadcode310 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:00 pm



Recently bought a 1988 1500, everything works fine...only problem I have is that the light switch is missing, the lights however have been configured to come on with the ignition, and they all work fine, I would like to reinstate the light switch, which would allow me to work on the bike with the ignition on without all the lights coming on, I dont know whether this is a common fix to do away with the light switch, but if anyone has done it, I would like to know how, and find the original connector for the light switch



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Re: 1500 lights

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:29 pm

Your light switch is not missing because there isn't one.

My lights come on with the ignition and the only switch you get is for the high beams.

You can not switch the lights off with the ignition on.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: 1500 lights

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:03 pm

cbx4evr wrote:Your light switch is not missing because there isn't one.

My lights come on with the ignition and the only switch you get is for the high beams.

You can not switch the lights off with the ignition on.


European-spec 1500's do in fact have a headlight switch that allows the headlight to be turned off, unlike our bikes here in the US. You can see it on the bottom of the left handlebar control here:

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Re: 1500 lights

Postby fadcode310 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:59 pm

Thank you for the replies, the manual(clymer) does indicate a light switch, but as the bike is an import from the US, then maybe it wasn't fitted, I do have a new light switch to fit, but it will depend whether the bike has the loom which will have the fitting for the connection, the switch cluster on the left handlebar will accomadate the switch at the bottom, I will have to check further, but thanks for your help

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Re: 1500 lights

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:36 pm

WingAdmin wrote:European-spec 1500's do in fact have a headlight switch that allows the headlight to be turned off, unlike our bikes here in the US.


I thought that was likely the case after I posted but at least he has an American bike so I'm half right. Interesting that they would have that option in Europe. Just what the Goldwing needs - another switch.


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