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Old 04-03-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Euro Headlight Switch - 1100GS

My '95 1100GS (build date 9/94) has the Euro switch which allows me to turn off the headlight. Did all '95 US imports have this switch or just the first few oilheads? My neighbor has a '96 GS and his bike doesn't have the switch.

Only reason I ask is that a fellow told me the switch shouldn't be present on US bikes since DOT requires the headlight be on whenever the engine is running.

I looked up the law and he seems to be right about the latter part of his statement:

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SUBCHAPTER M. ADDITIONAL OR ALTERNATIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTORCYCLES AND MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES
Sec. 547.801. LIGHTING EQUIPMENT:

(d) A motorcycle may not be operated at any time unless at least one headlamp on the motorcycle is illuminated. This subsection does not apply to a motorcycle manufactured before the model year 1975.
I don't know if this means the switch is verboten, though. I'm not going to change it out, but I was just curious about it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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The switch is not verboten, turning it off is.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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My '95 doesn't have the Euro switch, but I wish it did. The Euro switch is a really slick way to control aux lights with a little re-wiring.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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A previous owner must have added that little gem for you. My 1100GS was built about a month before yours, and has the normal U.S. switch.

I have thought of getting the Euro switch so I could control some aux lights, but never got around to it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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The previous owner bought it new in 1995 and kept it bone-stock. I have every receipt since the day he bought it and said the switch was on the bike when it came out of the crate. It also had a tinted windscreen, which was typically only seen on the Euro bikes at the time. Makes me wonder if this GS was originally intended for non-US markets or if the first US delivery of oilheads included a few Euro bikes just fill orders.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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You can find the switchfrom ebayers in the UK who will ship to North America cheaply.

I believe the R1100RTPs came with the switch as well as Canadian civilian version.

There is one installed on an R1100 I know the owner did just that.

if you want to have headlights on/off, maybe the low filament burnt out and you did not get around to changing it? Hi-headlight on, Lo-no headlight YmmV
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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I did the same thing to a tiger I owned. The old switch was going, and when I went to bikebandit.com, the euro switch was cheaper than the US switch, and the wiring for it was already in the harness.

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:30 AM   #8
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My 95 (build date 3/94) has the Euro switch.
Good to know I can wire aux lighting with it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:51 AM   #9
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Curious how to wire aux lights through the switch.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:03 PM   #10
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Euroswitch for Aux lights

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Curious how to wire aux lights through the switch.
I have the switch myself and plan on using it one day for auxiliary lighting. I have an Autoswitch now for my PIAA 540s that is triggered by my hi/lo beam switch, but it is touchy. Here are a couple sites I have saved for just such and emergency:

http://www.bmwrt.com/faq/euro-switch.htm

http://www.gunsmoke.com/motorcycling...tch/index.html

I think Timberwolf has the most info, but can't find the specific wiring diagram for what pins to get power from for the lights. If I find it I'll post it too. Here's Timberwolf's info:

http://www.gunsmoke.com/motorcycling/r100gs/euro_switch/index.html
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More Euro Switch Info: http://www.ibmwr.org/r-tech/oilheads/gs_lights/

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