GL 1500 SE Electrical fault


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Lavelle
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GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Lavelle » Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:48 pm



Hi All, I have a 1996 GL1500 SE with 24,000 kms that has a frustrating electrical fault which effects the ignition circuit. I have noticed that if the road is rough, the engine on my Goldwing can cut out. It is just like hitting the kill switch. The only way to restart it is to turn the ignition off and back on then the engine will re start. What ever it is, it only effects the ignition circuit as everything else stays on like lights etc.. the starter will still crank but the engine will not fire until the ignition key is turned off and back on.

I have checked all connections and looked for loose earths but can't see anything obvious. It seems like the Ignition coils lose power. It can also happen if I am cruising at high speed for a long period which suggests a loose connection somewhere or faulty relay. It happened while out riding on the weekend just as I was overtaking a car. Has anybody seen or heard of this before?? Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this before something serious happens.

Thanks in advance

Pete.



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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:46 pm

If that is the case, first thing I would check is the Kill switch. It would display the type of symptoms you are experiencing.

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:59 pm

sounds alot like a faulty Bank angle sensor. It is there to shut off the engine in the event of a tip over like in a crash. bypass it and see if the problem goes away. here is a link to show you the location. 8-) http://archives.wingworldmag.com/march2 ... nsors.html
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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Lavelle » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:20 pm

Thanks for the replies. The bank angle sensor fits the symptoms very closely so I will check that out.

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:06 am

Definitely the bank angle sensor. The fact that you have to switch the ignition off and back on in order to reset it, is the key. A normal electrical fault will not require this, but this is a function of the bank angle sensor. Replace the sensor and it will fix your problem.

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Lavelle » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:15 pm

Thanks everybody. Yes it is the Bank Angle sensor with out a doubt. I started the bike and shook the crap out of the handle bars and the engine cut out. I have since learned that American Honda company launched a recall in June 1995 for any GL1500 from 1988 - 1993 for a Bank Angle sensor replacement. I also discovered that mine is a 1991 SE model which has missed the recall (no x stamped on the frame) Mine is a American built model but I bought it from Honda Australia back in 2010 so fingers crossed, Honda Australia will honour the safety recall?

Thanks again folks! I would have never found this without your help :D

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Lavelle » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:29 pm

Hi, Thought I would bring this to the attention of Goldwing riders in Australia. My 1991 GL1500 SE has a faulty Bank Angle sensor which was identified by Honda America and a recall was issued. I purchased my model through a Honda dealer here in Australia who refuse to honour the recall because mine is a American model.

Any other riders out there with a American built model, please be aware that Honda Australia will not support any recall issues. Very disappointed with Honda. I train mechanics how to repair John Deere construction equipment and we support any product recall or improvement campaigns with the John Deere product. So why can't Honda do the same?

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:29 pm

I think I'd contact Honda with the info you just stated, and see if they really want one of their bikes, regardless of country of origin, running around with a known safety issue. Especially, when that bike was sold by one of their dealers. Country of origin didn't slow them down when it made a sale, did it ?

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Lavelle » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:04 pm

Hi, I contacted the selling Honda dealer who point blank refused to offer any assistance and told me to take the bike back to the states to get it repaired!. So I contacted Honda Australia who said the American built model is not covered under the Australian warranty terms. What a Joke !! come on Honda ..... support your product and reputation!! I've owned many Honda motorcycles over the years. This will be my last one.

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Happytrails » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:46 pm

Maybe see if they wont send you the part at least and install it yourself. I dont know if my '91 had this service done but I'll remember this. Maybe I should check the price. Been reading so many stories about botched servicing to bikes lately. Simple things usually.
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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Lavelle » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:31 am

Hi,

If you remove your right side Engine cover to expose the oil fill & dip stick you will be able to see if yours was replaced. There should be a X stamped into the frame just below the engine mount. This X signifies that the faulty Bank Angle sensor was changed at a Honda dealer.

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Re: GL 1500 SE Electrical fault

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:57 am

I'll go check mine shortly - as I have a 1988 model - pretty sure it was imported as well.

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