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    headlight buckets with gauge mount

    this has probably been covered before, but doesn anyone know where to get some headlight buckets that have a mount in them for a gauge on the cheap.

    repro is fine, doesn't need to be a NOS part or some unobtanium thing.

    just a bucket to keep the clutter down.

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    Do a search for Honda SS50 headlight as their pretty dirt cheap and new. The openings for the gauges are usually oval but you could glass over the extra section and mount some LED's for neutral, oil, etc...
    I thing some older BMW bikes used that style bucket also. Otherwise search for Wards, Benelli, Riverside, Sears. Otherwise just do a search for headlight bucket and narrow it down to "motorcycles".

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    Do a search for Honda SS50 headlight as their pretty dirt cheap and new. The openings for the gauges are usually oval but you could glass over the extra section and mount some LED's for neutral, oil, etc...
    I thing some older BMW bikes used that style bucket also. Otherwise search for Wards, Benelli, Riverside, Sears. Otherwise just do a search for headlight bucket and narrow it down to "motorcycles".

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    Chinese Chang Jiang CJ750 (BMW Knockoff). here it is mounted on my bike.

    caveats:
    1. i had to make the lens/cover for the center hole, as it comes with a lid there for the turnkey ignition.
    2. the workmanship/quality is less than awesome. none of the predrilled holes/mounting points are perfectly symmetrical, and the assembly uses hand hammered copper rivets.
    3. the hole for the speedometer/tach is smaller than my honda instrument, so i had to grind it out a bit.

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    Chinese Chang Jiang CJ750 (BMW Knockoff). here it is mounted on my bike.

    caveats:
    1. i had to make the lens/cover for the center hole, as it comes with a lid there for the turnkey ignition.
    2. the workmanship/quality is less than awesome. none of the predrilled holes/mounting points are perfectly symmetrical, and the assembly uses hand hammered copper rivets.
    3. the hole for the speedometer/tach is smaller than my honda instrument, so i had to grind it out a bit.

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    I use a hodaka m50 headlight bucket on the 74 h1 kawasaki. It has a gauge opening that takes one of the mini gauges but be careful the headlight is a really weird size so if you can get it with the trim rings and everything.

    superhawk, cl77, and cb405 black bombers have an oval gauge shape. The tach may work fro some of the smaller twins and fours but not any of the 4:1 tach ratio bikes. yamahas usually have nice round large gauge holes in the back of their headlamps. here is an NOS one for reference:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/YR1-Y...4506.m20.l1116

    and a cheap bare shell:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/YAMAH...=p4506.c0.m245

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HEADL...4506.m20.l1116

    I will be honest though, if you were handy enough you could make your own. Get a piece of pipe the diameter of your gauge and fiberglass or epoxy it to the back of your existing headlight bucket. If you are trying to flush mount, it probably won't work since the 70's buckets are hella narrow but with a pod off the back to hold the gauge you don't really change the room.

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    I use a hodaka m50 headlight bucket on the 74 h1 kawasaki. It has a gauge opening that takes one of the mini gauges but be careful the headlight is a really weird size so if you can get it with the trim rings and everything.

    superhawk, cl77, and cb405 black bombers have an oval gauge shape. The tach may work fro some of the smaller twins and fours but not any of the 4:1 tach ratio bikes. yamahas usually have nice round large gauge holes in the back of their headlamps. here is an NOS one for reference:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/YR1-Y...4506.m20.l1116

    and a cheap bare shell:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/YAMAH...=p4506.c0.m245

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HEADL...4506.m20.l1116

    I will be honest though, if you were handy enough you could make your own. Get a piece of pipe the diameter of your gauge and fiberglass or epoxy it to the back of your existing headlight bucket. If you are trying to flush mount, it probably won't work since the 70's buckets are hella narrow but with a pod off the back to hold the gauge you don't really change the room.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
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    A tool is just an opportunity with a handle
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    this is my favorite because it looks like a jeweled piece when all cleaned up but beware it is a funky size.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LATE-...4506.m20.l1116

    here is mine mounted on the fzr600 front end on the 1974 h1:


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    this is my favorite because it looks like a jeweled piece when all cleaned up but beware it is a funky size.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LATE-...4506.m20.l1116

    here is mine mounted on the fzr600 front end on the 1974 h1:


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    Virtually any Ducati from '65 or earlier (and many other Italian bikes for that matter) used that type of headlight, in a few different sizes. They show up on ebay of course but Cosmo has NOS versions that come with a speedo too. Google "vintage cosmo" for the website, he doesn't sell on ebay anymore.


    They'll look something like this:



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