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Old 01-03-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Alternative Handlebar Switches

Looking to replace the original, beat-up, and not quite working left and right control switches with a modern pair. I obviously want the same functionality (start, blinkers, horn, lo-hi beam) but keep it simple. Anyone done this? Any suggestions on what to look for that would work?

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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Laugh Assuming a 71 BMW r75/5

Assuming a 71 BMW r75/5 by your signature.

Please confirm.


You have the /5 switch gear also used on the /6 model.

Ok - do not know of any modern switch gear you can use. Maybe some UJM switch gear will work but would not be easy.


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Old 01-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Surely you could pick something here that would work and order It off Amazon:
http://www.kandstech.com/index.php?p...itchescontrols
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:59 PM   #4
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I think the real problem would be the diameter of the bars, wiring can be faked. Our bars are metric and all the switches are made for something else? Is it 22 mm vs. 7/8" ?
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:17 PM   #5
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Assuming a 71 BMW r75/5 by your signature.

Please confirm.


You have the /5 switch gear also used on the /6 model.

Ok - do not know of any modern switch gear you can use. Maybe some UJM switch gear will work but would not be easy.


Yep, 71 /5
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #6
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I think the real problem would be the diameter of the bars, wiring can be faked. Our bars are metric and all the switches are made for something else? Is it 22 mm vs. 7/8" ?
No argument about the size diff. I was just responding to the alternative request in the thread title assuming a 1/64th inch shim wouldn't pose a dilemma.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:11 PM   #7
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Yep, 71 /5
I'd stick with stock, for many reasons, but mostly so the next owner doesn't wonder WTF was the PO thinking...
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #8
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The biggest problem with going that route is where are you going to fit it? Mounted inboard of the existing housing would be a pretty long reach.

I did, at one point, run one of those type switches (actually an OEM Yamaha), and a Magura dogleg clutch lever. Certainly not plug & play though. You should be able to get all of the functions except starter button in the LH switch. I would use a momentary kill switch as a starter button on the right so you wouldn't have to modify anything else.

When I had a /5 I loved the switches, but I see they are almost $100 now!
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