I have a 2000 Goldwing trike and here's my story / issue. I was sitting at a traffic light when suddenly I got a strong odor like something electrical was burning. Also, it started making a very loud sound like something was tearing up inside. Had it towed to the Honda shop. They diagnosed it as a burned out starter and burned out starter switch wiring assembly.
So here's my question: what would cause the starter to burn out like that while it was running? Only thing that seems to make sense to me is somehow the reverse became engaged. I switched out the starter switch / wiring harness. I think I probably need to switch out the 2nd solenoid, possibly the wiring harness as well. I am open for suggestions, thoughts, ideas.
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A starter relay that arced and welded itself shut, which left the starter running while you were riding, until it/the wiring overheated. As long as the engine is going faster than the starter (which it will be, if it is running), the starter will spin all day long. That's why it doesn't hurt to hit the starter button when the engine is already running.
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