I just bought a 88 GL1500. Sometimes the "OD" light work and some times it doesn't. Cruise always works. I am thinking it is just the light circuit or socket. Has anyone else had this happen?
Some days it works all the time. Today it only came on twice all day. According to what I read, if it is the gear position switch. The cruise would not work.
If your bike is performing OK and getting you good mileage, the light shouldn't be a big deal (loosebulb or similar). However, the ground signal from the gear switch (gears N, 3, 4, & 5 on your '88) is used in the engine load calculations for spark timing at the ECU... so, if the signal from the switch itself isn't behaving, you may end-up with unintentional timing maps.
Haven't fixed yet. Just had a bulb go out in the dash. guess I will look into it then.
Yes Ken, I keep checking to make sure I am in high gear a lot.
First real road trip(200 miles) with my wife, I got 36 MPG. From what I read that is good. I got around 42 on my ST1100 when I had it when we went on trips. So not to bad. Plus I get to carry more too!
Thanks for the replies. I will post on here if I fix just a connection issue!