Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor


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Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby randyb86goldwing » Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:55 pm



Warmed bike before oil change. Changed oil. Starting bike after change. Noticed starter going slow. White smoke coming from rear of motor. Under tank .behind battery. My bike is a 1986 honda goldwing sei. When it does start runs perfect..thanks for any help. Randy



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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby Mh434 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:15 pm

Possibly one of the starter motor brushes burning out? That would account for the slow cranking, perhaps.

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby randyb86goldwing » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:02 pm

Would that cause the smoke/fumes from back of motor . Thankyou for your reply

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby Mh434 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:16 pm

Unfortunately, I've never owned a 1200, just an 1100 & now a 1500, so I'm not certain whether smoke from the starter on a 1200 would take that path. Hopefully, some GL1200 gurus will chime in here...

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby randyb86goldwing » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:33 pm

Thankyou for your help

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby Rusty Bike » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:51 pm

Well something is overloading or shorting to ground. Slow crank is due to low voltage, or bad starter. What ever is smokeing will be pretty evident with a visual inspection. Get in there and look around. Good luck...Rusty

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby randyb86goldwing » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:15 pm

Did some more looking around. One stator wire getting extremely warm. Tried starting tonight. Started right up. No issues. But the wire. They are not hard wired. Read about doing that. But wondering why one wire would be overly warm . Still looking into it .

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:04 am

If not hard wired for the stator - where they connect is probably not a good connection with lots of corrosion - that impacts on the current and heat results - clean the connections up first - should help

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby randyb86goldwing » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:29 am

Awesome. Will try that. Thankyou

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby kurtzrt800 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:26 pm

I had also ran into this on my bike about a month ago, the plug for the stator had smoke coming from it which is located right in front of the battery, eliminated the plug all together!! The other problem I found is right behind the battery is the starter solenoid and I had to replace that plug also, it had actually melted the plug to the starter solenoid and replaced both, comes from too much cranking on the starter, mine would engage the starter, but wouldn't crank.

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Re: Smoke. Electrical smoke. From behind motor

Postby randyb86goldwing » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:44 pm

Thanks. Will check the first option. My solenoid is good. Thankyou




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