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Head light on high or dim,won't come on,but when I go in reverse,they work. Have checked fuses and relay switch,seem to be okay.Anyone got any ideas?


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pamelahay wrote:Head light on high or dim,won't come on,but when I go in reverse,they work. Have checked fuses and relay switch,seem to be okay.Anyone got any ideas?
Does it flicker at all? How about when you jiggle the start/reverse button?
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found the solution it was my starter button. It had stuck in and once I got it out,problem solved.Can you believe that?
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pamelahay wrote:found the solution it was my starter button. It had stuck in and once I got it out,problem solved.Can you believe that?
That's what I figured. That's why I asked about jiggling the start/reverse button. It's the most common cause of headlight issues.
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OMG Thanks to the user Pamela I think about the headlight out...mine on my GL1200I did the same Saturday and i spent 4 hours on sunday troubleshooting...all my lights worked but the headlight...just now I went and jiggled my starter button, it worked...totally amazing, thanks so much for this valuable info
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"Son of a bitch," Ryan says. Then a big, fat, happy grin :D grows on his face, he slams his hand on the table and exclaims, "you son-of-a-bitch!" (Ref: "Hunt for Red October")

My story: When I am behind a car and see the reflection of my lights, I'll frequently check to see if they're working. I hit the high beams... no headlights at all! Uh oh! Eventually I got low beams back on. And they work if the ignition has been off a few seconds. But every time I switched to high beams no lights. My assumption was that I was "over-amping" my old battery. But as @WingAdmin has shared, I put the battery on a charger whenever I park at home. The bike has been starting fine; no apparent weakness in the battery. So, I decided to check this forum before I invested in a new battery... and drove the 2-hour roundtrip in a cage to pick it up.

After checking this post, among others, I decided to try a little NAPA CRC electronics cleaner on the ignition, and the reverse and starter buttons. The cleaner leaking back out of the starter button looked a little dirty. When I tested the high beam switch again, a big, fat, happy grin :D grew on my face, I stamped my foot and exclaimed, "Son-of-a-bitch, that worked!"

Checking this forum saved me the cost of a battery and so much more!

Thank you goldwingdocs and all contributors.
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CruiseControl wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 3:24 pm "Son of a bitch," Ryan says. Then a big, fat, happy grin :D grows on his face, he slams his hand on the table and exclaims, "you son-of-a-bitch!" (Ref: "Hunt for Red October")

My story: When I am behind a car and see the reflection of my lights, I'll frequently check to see if they're working. I hit the high beams... no headlights at all! Uh oh! Eventually I got low beams back on. And they work if the ignition has been off a few seconds. But every time I switched to high beams no lights. My assumption was that I was "over-amping" my old battery. But as @WingAdmin has shared, I put the battery on a charger whenever I park at home. The bike has been starting fine; no apparent weakness in the battery. So, I decided to check this forum before I invested in a new battery... and drove the 2-hour roundtrip in a cage to pick it up.

After checking this post, among others, I decided to try a little NAPA CRC electronics cleaner on the ignition, and the reverse and starter buttons. The cleaner leaking back out of the starter button looked a little dirty. When I tested the high beam switch again, a big, fat, happy grin :D grew on my face, I stamped my foot and exclaimed, "Son-of-a-bitch, that worked!"

Checking this forum saved me the cost of a battery and so much more!

Thank you goldwingdocs and all contributors.
Yup, I had that happen on my 1100 before I put a relay in there. Riding on a very dark highway, at highway speeds, I thought; "I'll put the high beams on." Switch to high beams - and suddenly it was VERY dark. Switch back to low beams - still nothing. Back and forth a few times, I got a couple little glimmers, then I finally got the high beams to work. I rode home the rest of the way with high beams on, I wasn't going to chance that again.

That was the impetus for me to put my low/high beam relay in.


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