1976 US GL1000 Headlamp not working

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1976 US GL1000 Headlamp not working

Post by trikerdave »

Hi all,
Not a problem, but a solution.
I had just finished re-routing some cables and wires on my GL1000 and everything had been working fine. Then the headlamp wouldn't work on high or low beam - All other electrics were fine. Rechecked the connections at the join under the left dummy tank panel and everything seemed tight. Turned out to be the rocker switch inside the right handlebar switch. Inside it there is a rocker switch that kills power to the headlamp while the starter button is pressed and it has a small bit of circuit board that is only held in place by tabs that lock into the clear plastic surround. I have packed behind it with a bit of rubber to hold it solid and now the headlamp works fine and switches off when the starter button is pressed. Would never have suspected the switch until I read an article on Randakks website. Watch out for the problem - apparently it is pretty common.
Ride Safe, Dave.

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Re: 1976 US GL1000 Headlamp not working

Post by WingAdmin »

Yup, the starter switch is a common cause of headlight failure - more often than the high-low switch, actually.
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