Electrical problems 1994 GL1500


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
  • Sponsored Links
Al Lenz
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:54 pm
Location: Marion,Il.
Motorcycle: 1994 GL1500A Aspencade

Electrical problems 1994 GL1500

Postby Al Lenz » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:40 pm



I have two electrical problems that I need some help with. 1. When starting I push the start button and it will crank until the battery goes dead, but will not start. If I push the button and crank it over a few times it will start as soon as I let off the button. Apparently it is not getting spark in the cranking mode. 2. every time I turn the key to the off position the next time I turn it back on I have to reset the clock and the radio as when the battery has been disconnected and then reconnected. I'm thinking ignition switch, but before I spend the time and money I'd like a second opinion. Any thoughts?



User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Electrical problems 1994 GL1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:10 pm

Al Lenz wrote:I have two electrical problems that I need some help with. 1. When starting I push the start button and it will crank until the battery goes dead, but will not start. If I push the button and crank it over a few times it will start as soon as I let off the button. Apparently it is not getting spark in the cranking mode. 2. every time I turn the key to the off position the next time I turn it back on I have to reset the clock and the radio as when the battery has been disconnected and then reconnected. I'm thinking ignition switch, but before I spend the time and money I'd like a second opinion. Any thoughts?


1. This is a very common problem with 1500's. They like a strong, charged battery. If the battery is even slightly weak, it can't produce enough power to both crank the engine AND produce a strong enough spark to light it off. As soon as you let off the start button, the starter motor is disengaged, so a huge electrical load is lifted. However, the engine is still spinning, so it then gets a strong spark and starts up. A new good quality AGM battery will fix this problem. Get a Battery Tender, too.

2. This could be related to #1, or it could be as simple as a fuse blown. Check fuse 13, the radio backup fuse and see if it is blown.

Fuse box
Fuse box

Al Lenz
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:54 pm
Location: Marion,Il.
Motorcycle: 1994 GL1500A Aspencade

Re: Electrical problems 1994 GL1500

Postby Al Lenz » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:33 pm

Thank you much, the 5 amp fuse fixed the radio and clock, but it sure was a job getting to the fuse. I had to remove the seat and loosen the saddle bag to get the cover off the fuse box.The starting problem is not a problem now that I know the trick to it.

thanks again AL

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Electrical problems 1994 GL1500

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:37 pm

Al Lenz wrote:Thank you much, the 5 amp fuse fixed the radio and clock, but it sure was a job getting to the fuse. I had to remove the seat and loosen the saddle bag to get the cover off the fuse box.The starting problem is not a problem now that I know the trick to it.

thanks again AL


Yup. The design of that saddlebag/fuse-relay cover is definitely a prime example of design by committee. I HATE having to go into that relay box.

User avatar
wing rider 2012
Posts: 185
Joined: Thu May 16, 2013 4:49 pm
Location: Southern Oregon
Motorcycle: 2012 GL1800 Level I Blue/Silver
1998 GL1500 Aspy
1985 Venture Royal 1300
1979 GL1000

Re: Electrical problems 1994 GL1500

Postby wing rider 2012 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:47 am

Al Lenz wrote:Thank you much, the 5 amp fuse fixed the radio and clock, but it sure was a job getting to the fuse. I had to remove the seat and loosen the saddle bag to get the cover off the fuse box.The starting problem is not a problem now that I know the trick to it.

thanks again AL


Al, the starting problem is related to poor battery condition, it may not be a problem once you know the trick, but the bike is telling you that battery failure maybe in the cards down the road. Like was posted, these GL1500's are a power hungry bike upon starting, everything has to be working right for them even to think about starting. You might want to consider replacing that battery in the near future.
Vietnam Veteran
9th ID, Jan 69 - Oct 70
Member: Military Order of the Purple Heart
Member: Vietnam Veterans of America
Member: GWTA. Chapter A, Grants Pass, Oregon

Al Lenz
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:54 pm
Location: Marion,Il.
Motorcycle: 1994 GL1500A Aspencade

Re: Electrical problems 1994 GL1500

Postby Al Lenz » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:33 pm

I promise to look into a battery as soon as I get these timing belts on.

Thanks again AL




Return to “GL1500 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: kane67, Yahoo Slurp [Bot] and 3 guests