Died on the highway

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Died on the highway

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:14 pm

I just picked up a "new to me" 1999 GL1500 Aspencade 5 days agon and changed the spark plugs and fuel filter, but, while doing the latter, discovered that the seller had removed the dogbone 55 amp fuse and replaced it with a solid wire that he had connected a 12V socket to plug things into. I removed that and put in the proper dogbone fuse and headed out for a long ride this morning. The bike ran like a dream for about 150 miles, but as I was coming home, and still 107 miles from home it just died. Tach went to zero rpm. Dropped a gear and popped the clutch and it ran for about 2 seconds, backfired once and died again. I was able to coast off the highway to the shoulder and checked what I could (dogbone fuse included) and found nothing. The lights and emergency flasher worked fine, but the starter would not turn one bit. AAA hauled me home and I changed the battery with one I had been charging, checked the starter relay fuse and all of the fuses I could get to, without having to pull the left saddlebag, and found nothing. Any ideas on where to do from here before I get it hauled to a $$$ shop? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by Mh434 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:00 pm

I've heard that the kill switch can just die, while riding along. Worth a check, before you start rippin' her apart. I recall this happening to someone else recently - turned out to be the kill switch.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:18 pm

Thanks for the response. Has happened to me before too, but no such luck this time.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by mrtwowheel » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:52 pm

If you need a good mechanic there is Cycle Man in Toledo. Strange guy, but he's great with old Hondas.


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Re: Died on the highway

Post by crispy » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:42 am

I dont own a goldwing as such but it is definately electrical for it to just die like that ,this is a long shot but check your negative wire for corrosion from your battery,i had a car that had this problem the corrosion had eaten all the copper away inside and it just died ,after that i would be checking every fuse and relay on the bike before i commited it to a money pit ,i know they are very complicated machines in regard to wiring but if you dont check it a mechanic will and that will cost you money ,when it died did all your lights on the dash come on when trying to restart ? could it be your ignition switch perhaps a broken connection have you checked the connections to the dogbone fuse hope you find your problem and it doesnt cost you .

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:56 pm

You might want to give the ignition switch a good jiggling/cleaning as well.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by jdavidsmit » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:46 pm

same thing happen to me, turned out to be the peacock, rebuilt it and bike started right up.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:12 am

Have you tested your fuel shut-off valve to ensure it works? If I recall from what others have written, a GL1500 uses a vacuum controlled fuel petcock. It will only open off engine vacuum. I assume there is enough vacuum produced by cranking the engine to open the petcock and allow fuel to flow... so, you can "test" the petcock by taking the "outlet" side fuel hose off, running a temporary fuel line into a gas can, then crank the engine. You can pull the plugs if you want, to make the engine turn over faster... definitely want the kill switch in "OFF" when doing this...

If fuel flows from the petcock, you know that isn't your problem, and you can move on down the line to check the next component. Since you have changed the fuel filter, I'd assume it is good, and move to the fuel pump next to see if it is working. You can do the same procedure (after connecting petcock lines again) to test the pump. Remove "outlet" side fuel line from pump, put a temporary hose directed to a gas can, and turn the engine over with the starter, plugs removed if you want, kill switch off... you will be able to eliminate fuel as a problem. If you have fuel, then the next thing I'd check is AIR ... make sure you have Air (clean filter, unobstructed air box and runners), once you know you have fuel and air, the only thing left the running trouble can be is spark (strength and timing-delivery)...

Your motorcycle has a couple of items on it that *could* effect running, but I don't know that they're relevant in this case... you have a sidestand safety switch and a bank angle sensor (Please someone correct me if I'm wrong) that could influence how the bike runs ... I would not DO anything about either until you verify you have fuel, air and spark..
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by dingdong » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:55 am

Now loosen the left saddlebag and check the #3 relay inside the relay box. Just exchange it with one of the others to test.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by hugger-4641 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:47 pm

#3 relay will not kill the tach, but one of the other relays will.

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Re: Died on the highway

Post by Wingryder1 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:49 am

We will never know


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