Bike wont start


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
rileysaurus
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Maine
Motorcycle: 1983 gl1100a Aspencade

Bike wont start

Postby rileysaurus » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:01 am



So, Im almost done rebuilding my 83 aspencade! Tried starting it up last night after cleaning out my fuel tank for the past 2 weeks. Was cranking good and starting to fire when all of a sudden everything went dead. No headlights, no dash lights, not a thing happens when I turn the key. It seems like a fuse issue but all my fuses looked ok? havent checked them with a test light yet. wondering if there are some hidden fuses Im not seeing?



User avatar
D2D
Posts: 208
Joined: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:40 pm
Location: Winchester, NH
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000 (sold)
1977 GL1000 (sold)
1978 GL1000
1979 GL1000
1982 GL1100

Re: Bike wont start

Postby D2D » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:22 am

Did you accidentally hit the "kill" switch while you were tying to start the bike? Have you checked your main fuse ? Is your battery fully charged? How long did you crank your starter while trying to start the bike? A little more info will help us help you and provide more suggestions for you to try.

User avatar
SteveB123
Posts: 842
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:29 am
Location: Winchester, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 1982 1100I, 60A Poorboy, MSD coil

Re: Bike wont start

Postby SteveB123 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:25 am

Main fuse @ the starter solenoid, next to the battery.
Current:82 GL1100 Interstate, 60 Amp Poorboy, MSD coil
Previous: 93 GSX1100F Katana
82 GL500 Silverwing

User avatar
littlebeaver
Posts: 4420
Joined: Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:11 pm
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Motorcycle: 1981 gl 1100 I , 79 Yamaha XS11
Special, 82 Kawa 750 CSR, 82 Kawa 750 LTD, 03 Kawa Nomad 1500, 99 Kawa Voyager 1200

Re: Bike wont start

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:12 pm

Yeh I think the main fuse has blown, Steve's right ...if you look in the cover under the solenoid cap or cover there should be an extra dogbone type fuse, there may be one in the fuse box under the false tank. Something is shorting it...That fuse doesn't blown like that for no reason.. I'd make sure no hot wires are coming in contact with the frame anywhere..Everything starts with a good ground..

User avatar
rileysaurus
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:09 pm
Location: Maine
Motorcycle: 1983 gl1100a Aspencade

Re: Bike wont start

Postby rileysaurus » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:56 am

that was the first fuse I checked and theres nothing wrong with it

User avatar
littlebeaver
Posts: 4420
Joined: Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:11 pm
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Motorcycle: 1981 gl 1100 I , 79 Yamaha XS11
Special, 82 Kawa 750 CSR, 82 Kawa 750 LTD, 03 Kawa Nomad 1500, 99 Kawa Voyager 1200

Re: Bike wont start

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:44 am

Maybe it's a bad ignition switch... check your ground to frame too first...

tazoid2002
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:22 am
Location: butler,pa
Motorcycle: 1981 honda goldwing gl1100 aspencade

Re: Bike wont start

Postby tazoid2002 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:49 am

Check your wire connections on the clutch switch. Had same problem with mine. Took wires off put a dab of dielectric grease on the two wires and reconnected them cured the problem

User avatar
patbrandon1
Posts: 442
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:39 am
Location: Bay City, Michigan
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 I
1981 Honda CM400C

Re: Bike wont start

Postby patbrandon1 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:54 am

rileysaurus wrote:that was the first fuse I checked and theres nothing wrong with it


Not trying to be rude or insinuate anything here, but sometimes fuses can look good but BE bad. And the contact points where the fuses touch can also LOOK good, but not be making contact. Fuses that are suspect in any aspect of electrical troubleshooting need to be pulled and tested with a meter. The contact points of where the fuse touches, under suspect, need to be cleaned and checked for continuity as well. Dielectric grease applied to the dogbone fuse will help. This is always a place where corrosion can occur. If you have no power to anything when you turn the key to on, the main power supply is being stopped for some reason. Check, check, check, with a meter. It may seem complicated, but making SURE by using a meter can save much frustration.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Bike wont start

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:46 am

The master (dogbone) fuse is well-known for failing but looking perfectly fine - it will age and develop hairline cracks, that are invisible to the eye, yet cause the bike to die just like you described. Go to Radio Shack and buy a 30 amp inline fuse holder, put a 30 amp blade fuse in it, and wire its spade lugs in place of the dogbone fuse. This will do two things: 1) rule out the dogbone fuse as the cause of your problems, and 2) let you easily source a replacement 30 amp fuse from any local gas station should it blow in the future.




Return to “GL1100 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo Slurp [Bot] and 4 guests