1980 GL1100I Starting Problem

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1980 GL1100I Starting Problem

Post by kenswing80 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:29 am

I'm the proud owner of a 1980 GL1100 Interstate. Saturday, Aug. 1st, I found it on Craigslist, looked at it, test rode it, bought it and rode it home. A few minutes later, I rode it 3 blocks to the gas station, did a $5 splash-n-go, rode it 2.5 miles to the insurance office, got coverage and rode it home (it started fine each time.)

About 2 hrs later, rain was coming so I went to put it in the garage, turned the key, pressed the starter button, and NOTHING. The lights came on, the fan was running, but no turn over (no selenoid click or anything.) :cry: I turned the key to the Park position and fan ran even faster. No time to wrench today (Sun) but Monday I'll pull the battery charge it and see.... I'm hoping that's all it is. After much internet surfing, I found this site, read the relevant articles, d/l'ed the service manuals, etc. I'm hoping it's not the starter or stator.... (Thank goodness for sites like this)

There does appear to be some sort of electrical problem (Neutral light is on ALL the time.)

Has anyone experienced anything like this?? I would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much.

Dying to ride!!!!!

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Re: 1980 GL1100I Starting Problem

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:55 pm

The simplest and quickest thing to check is the main 30 amp "dogbone" fuse - it's mounted right next to the starter solenoid. It tends to fail gradually, and can cause symptoms like you're describing.

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