Join Date: May 2014
Location: Maple Ridge, BC Canada
Model: 97 gl1500 SE
Cruise control fix if Cruise on Light bulb burned out
I'm pretty sure this has been covered, but a few searches didn't turn it up, so I figured it might be worth posting up - it may be useful to some.
I picked up another 97 GL1500SE. Guy said the cruise wasn't working. I tested it and indeed it didn't work. When I turned on the key all the usual dash lights turned on briefly - EXCEPT the Cruise ON - for the test sequence. Pressing the Cruise on switch would NOT illuminate the light. I'd read somewhere that part of the proper operation of the cruise is getting a certain amount of resistance from the Cruise ON bulb.
So, I took the dash apart, found the cruise ON bulb was burned out and replaced it with another incandescent bulb. I replaced most of the other bulbs (and the top 3 back light bulbs) with LED's. I'd read that an LED may not provide the fix for the cruise ON (any confirmations on this out there?), so I used a regular bulb. Went out for a test ride today and the cruise is now working.
So, if your cruise isn't working AND the cruise ON bulb does not light up during the test sequence one of the easy tests (other than the time/hassle getting the dash apart) is to check the bulb, and probably replace the remaining bulbs with LED's while you're there.
Bikes I've owned since June, 2013:
Since sold:11 CBR250R, 89 ZG1000, 92 Ninja 500, 85 V45 Magna, 84 DT200, 82 Virago 750, 92 Virago 1100, 04 Kawasaki ZZR250, 07 Vstrom 650 ABS, 88 GL1500, 14 Ninja 300, 86 V65 Magna, 96 VLX600, 08 WR250X, 09 KLX250S, 87 FZR1000, 14 Ninja 650, plus some more...
2010 Husqvarna TE250
2015 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2008 GL1800 with bagger kit
Last edited by rgmr250; 05-07-2016 at 01:04 AM.