My Goldwing is not starting


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Paul M
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My Goldwing is not starting

Post by Paul M » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:31 pm



1995 Goldwing 1500A. Turn key to first click and digital clock blinks twice then shuts off. Go to second right click and nothing. No headlights, nothing. battery shows 12.2v (I know not enough to start) but, shouldn't the headlight at least be dim or something? Never had a problem starting it. Last time rode it was Dec. around Christmas time and have had it on a battery tender ever since. Battery was new in 2017. Checked the fuse and I have continuity. I noticed this a few weeks ago when usually the battery tender glows 'blue' and glows 'red' when it's first turned on. The light is always blue, but for some reason a few weeks ago the light is always red? Am I missing something? Could I have a bad battery? Is there another fuse to check? Hate like hell to take it to the dealer if it's something stupid that I'm missing.



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Re: My Goldwing is not starting

Post by ct1500 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:40 pm

If the battery shows 12.2 with no load then it is discharged and will drop to nill with a load. It needs a proper 8-10A charge then load test the battery to determine if it is any good.

Remove and clean your battery terminals also.
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Re: My Goldwing is not starting

Post by bluthundr31 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:20 am

What type/brand of battery did you get (2017)? If you have an Acid battery, in the reading I've done, and my experience with them, , , , 8-10A chargers have a tendency to fry the motorcycle batteries. It's probably a wiser choice to stick to the more common 2.5A chargers to charge the battery if its acid. If you decide to use the larger charger, ,just be careful not to over-charge/over-heat that battery.

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Re: My Goldwing is not starting

Post by ct1500 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:36 am

bluthundr31 wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:20 am
What type/brand of battery did you get (2017)? If you have an Acid battery, in the reading I've done, and my experience with them, , , , 8-10A chargers have a tendency to fry the motorcycle batteries. It's probably a wiser choice to stick to the more common 2.5A chargers to charge the battery if its acid. If you decide to use the larger charger, ,just be careful not to over-charge/over-heat that battery.
When a battery is new the 2.5A would be good but when dealing with one that has likely been chronically discharged and sulphated you need a higher charge rate to try and recover it.
Charging is also about time and no you will not fry your battery after 30-45 minutes or so.
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Re: My Goldwing is not starting

Post by bluthundr31 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:31 pm

Good info CT, , ,I was using the fact that his battery is only 1 yr old (2017) so I didn't think there was a bunch of charging/discharging occurring. Sounded like he'd had no problems in the 12 months or so.

Does the "tender" let the battery go down to "discharge", , , or just down to slightly below full charge, , , I hadn't thought it would but I'm just not sure.

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Re: My Goldwing is not starting

Post by bellboy40 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:50 pm

As others have already stated, you could have a bad battery. You could also have a bad battery tender. I had one go bad on mine a few years ago. I had a fairly new battery and always kept it on a battery tender when it was parked in the shop. One day I went out to go riding and it wouldn't do anything... much like what you have described. I found out my battery tender was bad. I put another charger on it overnight and it charged the battery back up and it worked fine for several more years.



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