Merry Christmas - no power!


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trike1975
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Merry Christmas - no power!

Post by trike1975 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:52 pm



Great site.I have learned alot so far.
I am having my GL1500 just completely shut down
No power anywhere. It went down once and after a tow n some time
it started up like no problem.
However this weekend I noticed that after starting the bike
and then hitting the brake I heard a crackle in the radio
when I applied the hand brake
After 2 crackles the bike shut down again, no lights or power.

I pushed it back into the garage and after about 30 mins I rocked in back and forth in gear
I turned the key and had power once again
I started the bike, applied the hand brake no crackle and bike ran fine

Could this be a relay hanging up?

Happy Holidays All.

trike



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Re: Merry Christmas - no power!

Post by ct1500 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:22 pm

A relay hanging up not likely, but you should check for burnt wire connectors in the box that relays plug into.

More likely would be a problem in the fuses/wiring to the right of battery. The 55A main and 30A connected to starter relay.
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Re: Merry Christmas - no power!

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:48 pm

Sounds like either a main fuse, corroded battery cable or bad earth, or faulty ignition switch.

get out the multimeter and start checking.. :)

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Re: Merry Christmas - no power!

Post by MikeB » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:01 pm

It could possibly be the kill switch. Sometimes the connections get dirty and no longer maintain contact, especially if you seldom use the switch.

With the engine running, rap on the right hand grip with your fist a couple of times. If the kill kill switch is the problem, it should show itself by making the engine die.
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Re: Merry Christmas - no power!

Post by wingpilot08 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:58 pm

Check the dogbone fuses...or check the tightness of the connectors to the battery terminals....
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Re: Merry Christmas - no power!

Post by Uncle Fester » Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:58 pm

These would be my BEST GUESSES,

As Aussie81 stated :

Sounds like either a main fuse, corroded battery cable or bad earth, or faulty ignition switch.Get out the multimeter and start checking. .

or as MikeB stated :

It could possibly be the kill switch. Sometimes the connections get dirty and no longer maintain contact, especially if you seldom use the switch. With the engine running, rap on the right hand grip with your fist a couple of times. If the kill kill switch is the problem, it should show itself by making the engine die.


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