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gl1200i wont start

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:59 am
by ron1731
went to start my 86' interstate wouldn't start, no lights, nothing! checked battery and terminals all ok, checked fuses in tank compartment all ok, bike is in neutral and kill switch is in on-start position, turn key normally hear radiator fan run but nothing now, not even the lights on dash. where do i need to start? is there another fuse panel somewhere? is there a plug in ignition system that I need to check on. just bought 4 months ago and have been working on replacing parts- seat, shocks, brakes, storage boxes, etc. trying to restore somewhat next project was going to be paint and front fork replacements but now need to check over electrical, I have a clymers repair manual for a guide on how to dissasemble to repair or replace but need to know where I need to start looking. any help would be greatly appreciated! was planning to ride a lot this weekend.


Re: gl1200i wont start

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:22 pm
by kwild
To the right of your battery is the starter solenoid. There is a 30amp dog-bone fuse. flip down the small cover and check the fuse. Take the fuse out and inspect, it may look OK inside the holder, but it''s probably broken. Replace it and you'll be good. Here's what I found on mine.

Re: gl1200i wont start

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:27 am
by feetup
Many, or even most folks have eliminated that fuse, replacing it with an inline automotive blade type, 30 amp fuse. More dependable, and most of all, very available.

Do a search on "dogbone" or "dog bone" fuse on this or any of the other goldwing websites, there is a ton of info on this fuse.

Re: gl1200i wont start

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:10 am
by willboy57
Same thing happened to me a couple of months ago. I had already changed out the dogbone fuse to a blade and soldered the stator plug. Fired it up one day and hit the kill switch by mistake; went to hit the starter button again and.....nothing....and I mean nothing. Found out the battery had sulfated and was kaput, even though it showed a full charge. Replaced the battery and I was good to go.