clicking,starting bike


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godfrey
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clicking,starting bike

Postby godfrey » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:32 am



1982 gold wing GL-1100 A
AT TIMES WHEN I TRY TO START BIKE IT JUST CLICK AT RELAY THEN THERES TIME IF I KEEP TRYING IT WILL CRANK.
WHAT IN WORLD COULD THIS BE DRIVING ME CRAZY?



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Mh434
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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 gl1500 SE
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1981 GL1100I
1989 Kawasaki Concours

Re: clicking,starting bike

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:22 pm

Sounds like either the solenoid or a dead spot in the starter's armature (assuming the battery's fully charged, that is!). Sometimes, rapping on the solenoid with a screwdriver handle while trying to crank the bike will make it work (if so, the solenoid needs replacing).

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RBGERSON
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Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: clicking,starting bike

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:52 am

Yep..also could be switch issues at the handle bar, connections in the circuit dirty,
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Wilcoy02
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Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100 I purchased 3/16

1983 GL1100I frame with an 80 engine. poor boy installed with C-5 ignition--DIED in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada 8/15


98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: clicking,starting bike

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:54 pm

When I have had this problem it was always the battery . I replaced it and the clicking went away.

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1fastgl1100
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Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A and 1982 GL1100A Modified

Re: clicking,starting bike

Postby 1fastgl1100 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:19 pm

Could be as simple as a dirty connection. I would look at cables from battery to solenoid to starter and see if any are loose or dirty (nows chance to clean all of them) and don't forget the ground wire.

The clicking is usually a tell tail of not enough current getting to the starter. Assuming the connections are all tight and clean, I would check the battery. If it is older than 18 months I would replace it (thats just me) if it continues you could have a dead spot in the starter.

another item is from starter switch. Start with the simple things that dont cost money.

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HawkeyeGL1200
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1981 GL1100 Interstate

Re: clicking,starting bike

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:47 am

Many great replies and I'd add my two cents... Motorcycles (due to the exposure to the WET when we ride) are notoriously "hard" on grounds and other electrical connections. I would check all the places previously suggested. I would also pull the battery leads and clean them with a wire brush where they attach to the battery and the frame. Then, move toward the starter and pull and clean all the electrical connectors, grounds, switches or anything else that could give you trouble.

Once you've cleaned everything, use a dielectric grease when you put the parts back together again. If you find unnecessary connections, you can solder and use heat shrink tubing to eliminate places where corrosion can cause trouble in the future.

Of all the places I'd start looking first, it would be the start switch on the handle bars. A motorcycle 30 odd years old can definitely have corrosion in the start switch.


I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.


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