1200I electrical problem.


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PEHearn
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1200I electrical problem.

Postby PEHearn » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:54 pm



I have a 1985 GL11200 Interstate. I recently replaced my battery and all appeared fine. Road it for a few days. Then one day at work, as I was getting ready to leave, It appeared dead. Tried jumping it off, nothing. Let it sit over night. Clock on my radio started working. But as soon as I put my key in the ignition and turned it, the clock reset to 12:00. I have checked everything I can think of and cannot find the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Re: 1200I electrical problem.

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:19 am

Sounds like a definite electrical issue.

If you have a multimeter - start checking the voltage from the battery forward to the ignition switch - could be a bad earth or a shorted or loose wire at the base of the ignition.

Why did you put a new battery in? did the old one suddenly die?

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Re: 1200I electrical problem.

Postby ct1500 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:37 am

Charge and load test battery.

Check battery charging voltage both at idle and 3k RPM.

Test for key off battery draws.
This is what I do
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PEHearn
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Re: 1200I electrical problem.

Postby PEHearn » Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:19 pm

well, went today to start tracing the electrical lines. put the key in the bike, turned it on, and it cranked right up. still have no idea what caused the malfunction as all is working quite nicely right now.

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Re: 1200I electrical problem.

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:32 am

One thing I would also have you check is the key switch,check the wires going into the bottom of the switch. The 1984s had a recall on the key switchs, but the 85s were fixed. Also look at the dog bone fuse for any hair line cracks.-------------------------------Hal
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Re: 1200I electrical problem.

Postby PEHearn » Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:35 pm

Okay, think I've got this fixed. Upon looking for the dogbone fuse, I found that it had been changed out to a 30a blade fuse. This was fine. And being curious, I unplugged the contacts down from it. Cleaned it and reattached it. Everything appears to be fine now. And I always thought bikes would be easier to work on than cars. LOL




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