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by Swagonmaster
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1990 1500 SE No spark
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: 1990 1500 SE No spark

The bank angle sensor seems like a possible source for your problem. I understand they go out rather unpredictably. It's behind the right saddlebag I believe. Find it and short the red/white wire to ground and see if it will fire up.
by Swagonmaster
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Antenna extra wire
Replies: 13
Views: 148

YRe: Antenna extra wire

You might try to prove that it's a ground with an ohm meter, see if it has 0 ohms to the base of the antenna.
by Swagonmaster
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Antenna extra wire
Replies: 13
Views: 148

Re: Antenna extra wire

I would vote for it being a ground wire and this is why, if it were anything else there would be a different or dedicated plug not a standard bullet plug. Engineers have a thing for specialized plugs not only to make it easier to see what mates with what but "just because". The only except...
by Swagonmaster
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Motorcycle Lifts
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: Motorcycle Lifts

I bought the one that Harbor Freight puts on sale a lot - "reg price' listed as $599-699. Lowest I've seen it (and what I bought it for) is $299. One hell of a lot better than trying to use just a jack and still being on the floor. There is one caution on this lift, it's narrow. Not that it's ...
by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: starting problem
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: starting problem

Glad things worked out. As a side note, it would be a good idea to put the model of your bike in your personal info, sometimes it makes a difference as to whether it is an SE, Aspencade or an Interstate.
by Swagonmaster
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise
Replies: 10
Views: 2933

Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Oh and check ALL of the fuses, the starter/reverse system uses 4 different fuses!
by Swagonmaster
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise
Replies: 10
Views: 2933

Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Honda went to a lot of effort to make these bikes start, there are two starter relays, A and B. One right next to the battery with a 30 amp fuse and the other a little further forward and lower down before the juice can get to the starter motor. A test light or multimeter would be useful to make sur...
by Swagonmaster
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Alternator?? Not again!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 1132

Re: Alternator?? Not again!!!

I am going to offer an opinion to anyone that buys a high amp alternator and has it fail that they should take it to an alternator repair shop and find out what went wrong. I would seem useful to know if there was just a component in the alternator that died (which is bad enough) or was the cause of...
by Swagonmaster
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Turn signals not working.
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: Turn signals not working.

The fact that the cancel switch is shall we say sort of out of the way, is the reason that I suggested to probe the blue/black wire. It is the wire that the cancel unit uses to ground the turn signal relay to allow it to work. If you can find that wire it may save you some time as if the signals wor...
by Swagonmaster
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Turn signals not working.
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: Turn signals not working.

look at this diy post at about step 18 to about 20 or 21, shows the cancel unit and location.
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by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Turn signals not working.
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: Turn signals not working.

Judging by his bike's picture it's a '95 Aspencade or SE. Only because you have been working in the front I would wonder if the wiring plug at the cancel unit might be loose. The cancel unit goes into the steering stem and the plug for it is just to the right of the stem if I remember correctly (it'...
by Swagonmaster
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Hazard Switch - Spring
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Hazard Switch - Spring

Good to hear. If you are going to work on your own stuff you need two things; a good stash of possibles and at least a distant relationship to MacGyver.
by Swagonmaster
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: starting problem
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: starting problem

I went out to start my 1988 goldwing, it turned over fine but I could tell that the battery was a little low so I hooked the battery charger up, after about 4 hours I tried it again and all I got was a click in the starter relay. Thinking the battery might be bad, I hooked a jumper up to it, still ...
by Swagonmaster
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

All things considered I came out ok with this mess, didn't have major wiring damage, the new alternator came quickly and I am only short one 194 bulb and the 55 amp strip fuse of having everything I needed to repair the thing in my stash. As I said before, I just hope the first drive doesn't turn an...
by Swagonmaster
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

You have good eyes, I saw that myself but didn't think about it at first, I was too angry. I am not sure where that piece came from for sure but there is a groove on the end bearing that is about the same width where that could have been knocked off during assembly. Not at all sure why a ring would ...
by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

The way my dad said he heard it from the old folks was "ist too soon ve get olt und to late ve get shmat" (with German/English accent).
by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

This picture shows what I use to find a short: P8010291a.JPG Instead of replace a fuse I hook the fuse emulator with the lamp at the terminals. Any short will make the lamp glow. This allows me to disconect things or open conectors and trace the circuit much better than a multimeter. Hope this help...
by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

This is what I call an "it can't do that" event. I hope that once I get a replacement alternator there isn't an unpleasant suprise in the way of a damaged something or other because while I did try the stop and tail lights and the engine ran (those were the things protected by the blown fu...
by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

Yes, it runs just fine, that is one of the things that confused me about this, the fuses and some of the bulbs is all that I lost. You would expect that if bulbs blew then control units would go also but not the case here. After 40 some years of turning wrenches for a living I have never seen an alt...
by Swagonmaster
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

Well, I still haven't been able to come up with a cause for the fuses blowing so I am going to have to consider the possibility that the alternator was indeed the cause of this mess. Am going to pull it off and look inside to see if there is visable damage or just electronic.
by Swagonmaster
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

At this point I am speculating on what caused the problem but while an overcharge situation will damage electronics and burn out bulbs it won't damage fuses so I am thinking that a wire has shorted out somewhere. I agree that a short of that type should be quite obvious and likely a constant draw no...
by Swagonmaster
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

I guess I put the info in about the alternator wondering if a smaller momentary short has been the cause of my three alternator problems. There were no other symptoms the first two times other that I had to call for help to get it home and could drive it just fine with the help of a jumper battery s...
by Swagonmaster
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: MAJOR short circuit

Yes I did replace the fuses and found that the engine would start again. The alternator I think was the result of the short and not the cause, it went out when a short started drawing so much power that it maxed the system out before the fuses could blow. The voltage surge took out every light that ...
by Swagonmaster
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: MAJOR short circuit
Replies: 23
Views: 607

MAJOR short circuit

In all likelyhood I will wind up just venting since no one is here it's hard to diagnose a random short circuit. In the event it jogs someone's memory I will lay out what I have. About two years ago the altenator went out (original 40 watt),well the bike is thirty years old and has about 142K on it ...
by Swagonmaster
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Going on a trip - what should I check?
Replies: 22
Views: 919

Re: Going on a trip - what should I check?

Along with everything above I will add this, as WingAdmin said, take some shorter trips to see if you are comfortable as is. Since you don't have a picture showing this is a guess, a backrest and highway footrests are in my mind a necessity for a longer trip. I had E3's on my bike originally and the...