Electrical Fire


Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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Snowcatt
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Motorcycle: 1977 Honda Goldwing

Electrical Fire

Postby Snowcatt » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:12 pm



I have owned and worked on motorcycles all my life, and recently acquired a 1977 Goldwing (my first) that has the wiring harness melted down from about the coils area to the battery. I'm wondering if there is any common problem with Goldwings' that might cause this? Failed voltage regulator? Also, this bike lived in a dry climate and was stored inside. It turns over but hasn't run in many years; any special considerations aside from the usual (cam belts, carb rebuilds, wheel bearings, etc.)? Thanks all, I've enjoyed looking around at all the information available here. Nice web site.



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WingAdmin
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Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Electrical Fire

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:14 pm

There's no common issue with Wings that would cause a melted wiring harness that I'm aware of.

SnoBrdr
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Re: Electrical Fire

Postby SnoBrdr » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:30 pm

Snowcatt wrote:I have owned and worked on motorcycles all my life, and recently acquired a 1977 Goldwing (my first) that has the wiring harness melted down from about the coils area to the battery. I'm wondering if there is any common problem with Goldwings' that might cause this? Failed voltage regulator? Also, this bike lived in a dry climate and was stored inside. It turns over but hasn't run in many years; any special considerations aside from the usual (cam belts, carb rebuilds, wheel bearings, etc.)? Thanks all, I've enjoyed looking around at all the information available here. Nice web site.


Read this: http://www.randakksblog.com/starting-a-gl1000-after-a-long-lay-up/

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Fred Camper
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Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: Electrical Fire

Postby Fred Camper » Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:42 pm

The three yellow wires that connect the stator to the bike is the most common fire. Those connections need to be soldered and that poor connection removed.

Snowcatt
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Re: Electrical Fire

Postby Snowcatt » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:03 pm

Thanks for your comments guys. Fred, the "hot" wiring appears to be about centered over the engine and extending back to the battery, and down to the foot brake light switch. I may find the culprit when I disassemble it, but at the moment it's hard to say where the problem lies. I plan to methodically photograph and disassemble it, checking stator, voltage regulator, etc; maybe I'll find a clue.

Does anyone have any good leads on where to buy a wiring loom? Thanks again,

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auctioneeral
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Location: shamong, New Jersey
Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100 nake
1981 GL1100 full dresser
Both getting restored

Re: Electrical Fire

Postby auctioneeral » Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:37 am

Fred I would try ebay here is a link to GL1000 wiring
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... =&_sacat=0




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