Happy days it runs (again)


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Happy days it runs (again)

Postby philvern3 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:01 pm



:D A few months ago I wrote to you guys with a problem on my 88 wing . It only started one time in the morning, turn of the key , turn it back on ,click, click, click... So after a new starter, new alternator, solenoid, two batteries, later, the problem has been fixed. I can't believe what it was, the reverse switch......this thing was giving me fits...it's one of the smallest switches in the bike and it will leave you stranded.... the new alt was running hot, I thought the battery was junk, SOOOOO, I called a guy I knew when Me and the Bike were younger.. Yep he still has his own shop, and after talking to me for five minutes, problem solved.....SWEET..... oh here's his web suite....WWW.MOTORCAR.COM He could put his ear on the ground next to your bike and tell whats wrong.... Now I get to call the local honda shop, and tell em to go back to school.........



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Re: Happy days it runs (again)

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:04 am

That's a fairly common failure in GL1500's. In fact, if you have a GL1500, and it doesn't start, you should run through this checklist:

- Kill switch centered
- Transmission in neutral
- Side stand up
- Pull reverse lever back slightly and then push forward (down) as far as possible
- Clutch in
- Try start

Either the reverse switch can fail, or the linkage can get loose, preventing it from being actuated unless the lever is pushed FIRMLY all the way down. Either will keep the bike from starting.

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Re: Happy days it runs (again)

Postby Kiwi2 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:26 am

WingAdmin wrote:That's a fairly common failure in GL1500's. In fact, if you have a GL1500, and it doesn't start, you should run through this checklist:

- Kill switch centered
- Transmission in neutral
- Side stand up
- Pull reverse lever back slightly and then push forward (down) as far as possible
- Clutch in
- Try start

Either the reverse switch can fail, or the linkage can get loose, preventing it from being actuated unless the lever is pushed FIRMLY all the way down. Either will keep the bike from starting.


Yes WingAdmin, I too have sat on the wing pushed the starter and wondered why it just cranked over, only to find the kick stand was down ....... and you feel so stupid :oops:

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Re: Happy days it runs (again)

Postby Mag » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:59 pm

Damn kickstand, I have done that too!!! :shock:




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