85 Aspencade, no electric power


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85 Aspencade, no electric power

Postby jb1346 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:25 am



Have an '85 Aspencade barn find with a mere 26k miles on it. One year after purchase, cleaned, tuned, replacement of battery, fork seals, all liquids, pads, and tires, we took her out for its initial run. During the 1st season, it would have an unusual tick, the electric power would cut off only for a moment and then come back to life. Two months later we found ourself pushing it on a back road because the same thing occurred again only this time she did not re-start. The Mrs was not happy pushing this bike on oil and chip roads. After approximately 200yds of pushing it closer to the main highway, it restarted. We drove it home for the last time that year. We since moved and was able to drive it onto a trailer as well as up and down the new driveway. That was as far as it wanted to go. The 2nd battery is only a month old and holding enough charge to start a small car. She still sits, no signs of electric current or contact. Since then I've not had time to diagnose it and the local Honda shops don't want to touch it. Ignition switch?? Any ideas???



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Re: 85 Aspencade, no electric power

Postby rzaugg » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:45 am

Ignition switch would be my first guess, could also be the dogbone fuse on the starter relay. Get a manual and a schematic for your bike. Check the downloads because I think that the Haynes manuals only have a 85 Interstate in them and some things are different for the wiring. There is a connector for the ignition switch on the right inside of the fairing under the false tank, you don't have to get all the way in there to test different points. Besides that get a good, digital, Volt Ohm meter and lots of contact cleaner. Stay calm and eliminate one thing at a time. Good Luck!!!

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Re: 85 Aspencade, no electric power

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:30 am

My vote would be the dogbone (master) fuse as well. It's located inside the starter relay, the black box next to the battery. When the dogbone develops a hairline crack, it starts causing intermittent electrical problems. A lot of the time they will show up when it's hot, and go away when it cools off.

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Replace it with a 30 amp blade fuse holder and fuse, so you don't have to source a dogbone fuse somewhere out in the middle of nowhere should it fail.

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Re: 85 Aspencade, no electric power

Postby Ed Z » Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:56 am

I second wingadmin's answer... Or ya can now days get a new relay that already has the blade style fuse in it...

https://www.denniskirk.com/210785.sku?u ... fEVAvD_BwE

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Re: 85 Aspencade, no electric power

Postby jb1346 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:46 am

Thanks to all, will give it a try.




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