Bank angle sensor


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Bank angle sensor

Postby timmer » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:52 pm



I have a '93 GL1500SE that the sensor went bad on and Honda says that it has already been replaced after the recall was issued. What I would like to know is if there is a way to bypass the sensor all together so that I can get the bike started so I can run some Sta-bil into it so the carbs don't get fouled up while I'm waiting for the new sensor to get here. Thanks!



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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:22 am

The bank angle sensor is mounted on the frame, right side, near the back of the seat. It has two wires going into it: white, and red/white. Disconnect the bank angle sensor and jumper the two wires in the connector (don't let it touch ground, it's live +12v), and it will engage the relay and allow the bike to run.

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby timmer » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:20 pm

On my bike there are three wires on the harness going into the sensor. White, Red/White, and Dark Green.

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:49 pm

Yup, you're right. How odd, the service manual on some pages only shows the two.

OK, solid green is ALWAYS ground. The white is +12V (coming from fuse 11), and has +12V when the ignition key is ON. The red/white comes from the coil of relay 6, which energizes pretty well everything else. Jumper the red/white wire to ground (the green wire) at the bank angle sensor, and it will energize the coil of relay 6, bypassing the bank angle function.

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby timmer » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:18 pm

OK. I did try that and it still wont start. I should probably explain what happened to get to this point. We were going down the road and the bike just quit like the switch was shut off. We took the sensor off and had it tested and it is bad. We checked all the fuses, and they were ok. All it will do is spin the starter and not start. I did pull the #1 spark plug and there is NO spark there. Didn't know if this would be caused by the bad sensor or not. So, in a nutshell, that's what we have right now.

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:44 am

If the ignition is turned "on" (headlight is on), and you jumper the red/white and green, can you hear a relay click?

If you put a meter on the red/white wire, is there any voltage there?

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby timmer » Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:41 pm

Yes, there is a click in a relay when I jumper the wires with the switch on. And yes the meter reads about 11.4 volts on the red/white wire.

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:53 pm

Then you've got a problem other than your bank angle sensor. I'd suggest downloading the GL1500 service manual from the manual page here. It has a large section dedicated to electrical troubleshooting that will help you track down what the problem is.

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Re: Bank angle sensor

Postby timmer » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:00 pm

Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it!




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