1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!


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1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Mrvengeance78 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:30 am



battery was hooked up I turned the key the electric systems won't come on... I've had the bike for around 10 years I know it ran before I got it but I've never heard it run... Go gentle on me I don't know bikes but I know cars really well... So I went through all the fuses I could find all look good and I don't know about the selonoid/fuse thing right next to the battery... Any direction someone could point me in would be awesome... It was my fathers bike and he passed away in December and I'd love to get it running... Thanks in advance...



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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:36 am

check the main fuse - next to the solenoid plug - it is possibly crumbled to dust - or could look Ok but have breaks in it

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Mrvengeance78 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:39 am

Picture by chance so I know where it's at? Like I said I dunno bikes...

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:12 am

check this link on this site

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Mrvengeance78 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:47 am

Thank you Very much... All and any help is appreciated...

I'll get these parts and do this modification ASAP as the fuse crumbled to dust the second I removed it... And so did the spare... I'll also clean the connections up to ensure a good connection...

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Mrvengeance78 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:56 am

Well I did the modification and no luck... Still no power... So any other ideas? Sorry it took me soo long had to wait til my day off to get the parts...

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Thomas Hudson » Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:48 am

First off, I'm sorry for your loss, and appreciate you wanting to get your Dads bike running again. Nice folks on here will help with that.
Let's start here.
Is the battery any good? They go dead over time. Hook up a battery charger and see if you have power then.

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby Mrvengeance78 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:44 am

Well I hooked a jumper box to it without a battery and waaaa laaaa power! Now I just gotta go through and clean out all the fuel areas cause that old fuel has turned into something in recognizable!

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Re: 1984 Goldwing 1200 interstate electrical gremlins!

Postby tom84std » Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:55 am

It's great to hear of somebody dusting one off. Spray some contact cleaner or WD-40 into the openings of the handlebar switches and work them back and forth a few times. If one fuse was deteriorated enough to fail mechanically, save yourself some trouble and replace them all. There should be one AGC glass fuse under the seat. It's for the radiator fan. Fluids, filters and take a good look at rubber hoses. Check those tires for dry rot and watch those old valve stems. I had one crack wide open and it wasn't as old as yours. At some point you'll want to get around to a whole list of things but these are the ones to address first. Someone will probably add the ones I forgot.




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