What is this switch for?


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terpfan1980
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What is this switch for?

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Greetings all -

I recently bought a 1988 GL1500 that I'm now getting to know. Part of that getting to know has involved reading through the User's manual and figuring out what all of the controls and buttons are for (besides those that are obvious to me).

One such button/switch that I've not been able to identify is the one shown in the image here.


What is the Red switch that is there to the left of the key, below the speedo ?

Thanks for the assistance and education on this new for me ride.



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Re: What is this switch for?

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Definitely an add-on, aftermarket switch, , , fog lamps maybe???

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Re: What is this switch for?

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OK, I'll play.

FM signal booster?

Power outlet in a saddle bag or trunk?

Map light?

Fog or Driving Lights?

"Ring of Fire"?

Co-rider AC?

Electric trunk release?

Manually operated "back up alarm"?

Just my guesses?

It is not a Honda switch for sure.

On my 1200, I had added switches for fan ground (I could turn the fan on at will), power outlet in left saddle bag (was the days of "bag phones" so I used that to re-charge it), fog lights, some extra side lights, FM signal booster for radio too.
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Terpfan, As you can see there are a TON of things that switch could be for, , (Flux capacitor is my next guess)

The only way to find out is to see if it lights up when you turn/flip the switch, then see what goes on. If nothing happens, , ,then you have to track the wiring back to the item it activates.

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Re: What is this switch for?

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bluthundr31 wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 2:24 am
Terpfan, As you can see there are a TON of things that switch could be for, , (Flux capacitor is my next guess)

The only way to find out is to see if it lights up when you turn/flip the switch, then see what goes on. If nothing happens, , ,then you have to track the wiring back to the item it activates.
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Co-rider catapult ejection switch. Having someone walk around the bike as you flip it on and off might help you.

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Re: What is this switch for?

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Harbor Freight sells a nice little circuit tester that can help you figure out if the switch is powering anything. If there is nothing apparent, such as a light or a fan or something, then find the fuse that is connected to this switch and replace it with this tester - when you activate the switch the tester will show whether or not there is current flowing. If there's no current then chances are the switch has been disconnected from whatever it was for...
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Alan_Hepburn wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 11:23 am
... If there is nothing apparent, such as a light or a fan or something, then find the fuse that is connected to this switch...
That is assuming the previous owner put fuse in the circuit. If you are tracing the wire for a fuse, you might as well trace it all the way to the device. Unless they did an over the top installation and made it look factory.
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Re: What is this switch for?

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My 1500 came with a switch in the same position, that didn't seem to do anything. I followed the wiring from it which wound down around into the engine, then up into the front fairing, then from there all the way to the trunk, about 10 feet of wire in total, and it was connected to....nothing! I ripped it all out.

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Ludicrous speed mode?



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