AJS & Matchless Owners Club

East Suffolk Section

Technical Tip (17) Improve You(r) Dipswitch!

The motorcycle dipswitch is a cheap and crude device and there’s always the risk of the rider fumbling and being accidentally left in the dark, so when converting to brighter 12v lighting, fit the same reliable method of headlamp dipping used on motorcars.  A small relay, called a latching relay, is required and will easily fit in the headlamp shell.  One beam or the other is always connected and switching is by a push button on the handlebar. A vehicle electrician will help you identify the part you need and wiring is straightforward.              (Mine came off a VW in a scrapyard.!)