gl 1200 charging

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gl 1200 charging

Postby j.w.miller » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:20 am

good morning my friends, my first time posting but at my wits end here. i just cant figger this out. my 1985 gl1200 runs great and shows that it is charging, volt meater is about 12.3 or 4 volts at start up, and as you ride it comes on up to around 12.8 and up to mabe 13. whatever. i can start and stop and start five or six times with no problum. then the battery goes down. new battery, think mabe something is draining the battery after i turn the bike off or mabe the stater? in need advice here guys, thanks ever so much.j.w.

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Re: gl 1200 charging

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:37 am

Just a chance, but check the condition of your master (dogbone) fuse. Remove it, check it for cracks, and reinstall it to be sure.

You might want to also check the condition of your grounding point (the point on the frame where the ground cable from the battery attaches).

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Re: gl 1200 charging

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:44 pm

check the condition of the stator plug too and welcome to GWD j.w.
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Re: gl 1200 charging

Postby arkansassuperdrafter » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:24 pm

Welcome to the site, J.W. If your stator is in good condition, it sould be putting out about 14.5 volts at 2500 rpm. As previously stated, you need to check the plug at the 3 yellow wires coming out of the stator at the left of the battery. If you don't have a Honda shop manual, do a search on how to check the stator and if it checks O.K. I would remove the plug and solder the yellow wires.
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Re: gl 1200 charging

Postby zigzag1958 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:26 am

just an F.Y.I. The stator plug on the G.L.1200 is a weak point on the bikes charging system, The plug will get hot and then get corroded and if that happens it might burn out the stator, Like the other gentleman said it's a good idea to cut the plug out and solder the wires together (making sure that they are together right)
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Re: gl 1200 charging

Postby starfleetengineer » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:13 am

Also. How much electonics do you have running on the old girl? "radio, gps, Ipod..ect" and how many lights? They look great all lite up, but in town driving with all the lights on will not allow her to charge the batt back up. I found out the hard way. If all the other checks pan out and you use alot of lights and electronics, I would recomend the poorboy alt. system. I have heard it works great. I plan on putting it on my bike.

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