always check the little stuff first

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always check the little stuff first

Post by comfortlynumb » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:50 pm

HI all, I am new to this site and am probably posting this in the wrong spot forgive me ;) my name is Charlie and last summer I purchased a 1986 goldwing gl1200 SEI Aspencade , ya see I was gonna go to sturgis so I wanted at least a 1200 or bigger so I could take my wife with me. She said there is no way she was gonna ride 1200 miles to South Dakota on a Harley, SO I went with a Winger, and let me tell you it was love at first test ride, I had to have it, now just to get this smile off my face so I can go back and try to low ball this guy a little :lol: well I did talk him down 400.00 bucks. anyway to get to the topic the bike ran great to about Montana then the volts started going down, thought it needed a battery so bought one, it seemed to be charging so of I went to Sturgis well before i was out of montana the battery was dead and my wife was push starting the 800lb beast, well after push starting me about a half dozen times we pulled into the Broken Spoke camp grounds, and she would not take a charge or start again. Well being out in the boonys with no tools or anything else and everyone telling me it is my stator, I called my daughter and she came and picked us up in a full size chevy and I paid all her gas (ouch!)-------When I got home I bought a Stator and a regulator, but after doing some very simple test with a multimeter i found out it was just the regulator, my Stator was fine boy was i happy I didn't have to pull the motor. well went to start it and it would not start, I scratched my head and started to second guess my work,so I checked to see if it had spark, and it didn't great I thought, I must have done something wrong and I was going to pull the false tank and check the coils but I thought this would be to much of a coincidence the coils and the regulator going out, So I checked the 30amp fuse the little dogbone fuse and it looked good but when I barely touched it it exploded, I replaced it with a inline fuse and when I went to hit the start button even with one plug out she fired right-up!!! So my fellow goldwing owners I say to you always check the little **** first :D

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Post by detdrbuzzard » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:17 am

hello comfortlynumb, welcome to GWD. check all the fuses for age
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Post by cbx4evr » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:00 am

Good advice. Welcome aboard. What is your location?

What are your impressions of Sturgis. Personally I have no desire to be there during Bike Week. Did go the week before last year and bought a t-shirt.
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Post by twostrokes48 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:46 am

Hi comfortlynumb,
Welcome to the forum...glad you got very lucky...Last year on one of my trips to Utah, when returning, I lost the stator and the coupler for the 3 wires fried on my 84 Aspy. I was lucky I had a charger and one of those battery jumper packs with me. I sat on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere about 60miles from LasVegas wiring around the connectors for the 3 wires from the stator. I got that done, took my battery jumper pack, hooked it up and got it started. Made it to Vegas, and was able to charge my battery at a McDonalds. I could go 100 miles on a charge. So every 100 miles, I would stop at McDonalds or whatever that had a 110v outlet available, take a break and charge my battery. Took me 4 days but I got her back home to San Antonio. Just finished the poorboy conversion last week. She is back on the road.

Since my 89 1500 trike was totaled last month, I bought a nice 98 1500A, so will be selling the 84. She is still a great bike with only 28k miles. Wife says I don't need 3 bikes. I got away with it before because one was the trike SHE liked..

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Post by tandem54 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:09 pm

Yah, Check the small stuff! I couldn't get mine to start, almost ran the battery all the way down and then noticed my grand daughter had turned the kill switch!! Boy thats the first thing I check now! LOL!!
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Post by wally » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:20 pm

Welcome from Michigan, comfortlynumb! You had quite an espacade on your Aspencade. I agree wholeheartedly on the small stuff, one time I stopped for gas and while putting something in my left fairing pocket accidently bumped my fog lights switch to on (which puts quite a drain on the charging system) well while riding home the system was showing discharge, so once I was home I proceeded to start checking wires, fuses, battery hoping it wasn't the stator,when I walked around the front of the bike to discover the fog lights on, problem solved! Just bumped a little switch.

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