Alternative Handlebar Switches

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by LanceR75, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. LanceR75

    LanceR75 Adventurer

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    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?

    Cheers!
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  2. Biebs

    Biebs BMW Airhead

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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.


    :freaky:freaky
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  3. oldroadie

    oldroadie Two wheel addict

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  4. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I think the real problem would be the diameter of the bars, wiring can be faked. :lol3 Our bars are metric and all the switches are made for something else? Is it 22 mm vs. 7/8" ?
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  5. LanceR75

    LanceR75 Adventurer

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    Yep, 71 /5
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  6. oldroadie

    oldroadie Two wheel addict

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    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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  7. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    I'd stick with stock, for many reasons, but mostly so the next owner doesn't wonder WTF was the PO thinking...:huh
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  8. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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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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