Help I'm stranded


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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zvacman
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Location: Petoskey, MI
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 Interstate

Help I'm stranded

Postby zvacman » Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:11 pm



Rode to a friends house and everything was fine. Went to leave and turn the key on, nothing. Battery is fine, stereo works. No headlight, blinkers, horn, or start. With the key on accy just the rear running lights come on. Help I am a long way from home and don't want to leave my bike behind.

Z



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RoadRogue
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Joined: Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:51 pm
Location: Castlegar BC, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 1500SE

Re: Help I'm stranded

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:58 pm

Has to be a bad electrical contact,do you have a multimeter? check dogbone fuse and the wire connections that plug into the top of the starter solinoid(sic)
Ride safe, Todd
Over night campers welcome

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gordonv
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Location: Richmond BC
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
1999 GL1500CF
1982 GL1100A

Re: Help I'm stranded

Postby gordonv » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:44 pm

That was my first thought, from reading this forum. My second is also electrical related, wire connections. Maybe bad connections, need to release, clean and re-attached.

Second thought is just a bad starter. Needs to be removed and cleaned. Somewhat the same problem I have with mine. Acts like there is a dead battery, but leave it alone for a little while and it starts right up (this is after having it on a charger for a week).

zvacman
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Location: Petoskey, MI
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100 Interstate

Re: Help I'm stranded

Postby zvacman » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:45 am

Thanks for the posts. I have friends on another site that told me it was probably the ignition switch, and it was. Here is what to do if it happens to you. Take a piece of 12gauge wire and run it from the positive battery terminal to the top of the second fuse from the left. This somehow bypasses the ignition switch and powers up the bike. It got me home, which is good I was 120 miles from home.

Z

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RoadRogue
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Location: Castlegar BC, Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 1500SE

Re: Help I'm stranded

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:08 pm

gotta love these forums,theres a wealth of info out there and so many good people willing to help a guy out when in need.Glad you are mobile again.
Ride safe, Todd
Over night campers welcome

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RBGERSON
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Location: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Motorcycle: 98 SE GL 1500
had every year from 75 to 83

Re: Help I'm stranded

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:20 am

Just FYI if you want to rebuild the switch you can by soldering a solder bubble on each contact point in the switch or you can buy a new bottom for the switch too..on Ebay..a guy in FL. sells them for $8
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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BRIANINMAINE
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Joined: Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:40 am
Location: United States
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 standard with Honda fairing, Vetter bags and trunk

Re: Help I'm stranded

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:29 am

A new switch or kit can be purchased here pretty cheap:
https://www.partsnmore.com/cat_index.ph ... electrical

When I lost my keys (they fell out driving down the road), I undid the plug to the ignition and stuck a couple jumpers right in there, joining the proper wires together through a toggle switch so I could still ride until parts came in the mail. Surprisingly easy to hot wire.




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