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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-YR-1-Yamaha-NOS-Headlight-Complete-YHA-103-J-M_W0QQitemZ310150213212QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item483664ae5c&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116

and a cheap bare shell:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/YAMAHA-YM1-YM2C-YDS5-YDS3-headlight-bucket_W0QQitemZ370265123357QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item5635856a1d&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HEADLIGHT-BUCKET-67-YAMAHA-Y26-YM1-68-69-BIG-BEAR_W0QQitemZ120401803813QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item1c0881ba25&_trksid=p4506.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-YR-1-Yamaha-NOS-Headlight-Complete-YHA-103-J-M_W0QQitemZ310150213212QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item483664ae5c&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116

and a cheap bare shell:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/YAMAHA-YM1-YM2C-YDS5-YDS3-headlight-bucket_W0QQitemZ370265123357QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item5635856a1d&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HEADLIGHT-BUCKET-67-YAMAHA-Y26-YM1-68-69-BIG-BEAR_W0QQitemZ120401803813QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item1c0881ba25&_trksid=p4506.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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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:



I don't have a good shot of it with all the trim on it... indicator lights, ignition switch, etc...
 

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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:



I don't have a good shot of it with all the trim on it... indicator lights, ignition switch, etc...
 

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I am all over the vintage ones like flies on poop -- they are by far my favorites. I've used them on several projects over the decades....

They often sell new for $100- $150, but I bought my most recent one for $15, so the prices are all across the field.

Some thoughts are that the old Italian speedos will not work with the Japanese bikes. The cable is a different size and I am pretty sure they spin at a different ratio. Fortunately the popular, universal 62mm(?) 'mini' speedos and tachs fit perfectly. Also, the headlight is a fairly standard 5 3/4", and I have a modern reflector and bulb in the one that currently is on my RD350.

peace and grease,
-fang
 

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I am all over the vintage ones like flies on poop -- they are by far my favorites. I've used them on several projects over the decades....

They often sell new for $100- $150, but I bought my most recent one for $15, so the prices are all across the field.

Some thoughts are that the old Italian speedos will not work with the Japanese bikes. The cable is a different size and I am pretty sure they spin at a different ratio. Fortunately the popular, universal 62mm(?) 'mini' speedos and tachs fit perfectly. Also, the headlight is a fairly standard 5 3/4", and I have a modern reflector and bulb in the one that currently is on my RD350.

peace and grease,
-fang
 
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