Driver’s headset lead is not working


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Driver’s headset lead is not working

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I have a new to me 2015 1800 with a 2018 Roadsmith conversion that only has 4500 miles on it. My problem is that the drivers connection to the audio system went dead. I noticed a deterioration in the sound quality over a couple of days and then it went completely silent. I know that it is not the cord to or in my helmet because I can connect to the passenger cord any it works great. I have also connected my wife’s headset to both with the same results. Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Driver’s headset lead is not working

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Remove that left fairing pocket. Under there is the connector for the rider headset cord. Check to make sure the connector pins are making a good connection.
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I tried that and all seems to be connected well and it still does not work.
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Did you unplug and reconnect the connector in the left fairing pocket?.
Sometimes if there is corrosion on the contacts the act of unplugging and reconnecting is enough to scrub the corrosion off. If it is corrosion you may need to get some contact cleaner and spray the connectors.
Do you have a riding buddy that will swap driver head set cords with you to test that cord? That could tell you if it is that short cord or not.
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I swapped cords with my wife and it is not that.
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I am not talking about the cord that plugs into the the bike from the helmet, I am talking about the cable that plugs into the bike’s harness under the left cubby and has the helmet connector on the other end, could be that cable is bad.
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Exactly what Steve said, disconnect and reconnect the cord at the Red connector.


If that does not work, remove the passenger cord and connect it to the rider's connection and test again.

If the cord is defective, a new one can be bought from CycleMax of Ohio.
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... ail/349089
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I will try that thanks
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Well I finally got a chance to dig into it today. Took the seat off and found the connection for the passenger headset and disconnected it. Took the drivers lead off and connected it to the passenger connection and it worked just fine. My only conclusion then is that there has to be a problem somewhere in the wiring harness itself. It is beyond my capabilities to dig that deep but I have an appointment at the dealers later this week to get some other work done. He is aware of the problem so hopefully he can fix it.
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Make sure you plug it back into the drivers connection and see if the process of removing it and reinstalling did not fix the issue. That could save you some time and money if it is good now.
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Re: Driver’s headset lead is not working

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Nope, still didn’t work


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