Having some issues.


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Buzz2019
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Location: Lakeland florida
Motorcycle: 1982 gl1100

Having some issues.

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So I was out Saturday night and ended up stranded. Started the bike like normal, shifted it into gear and as I'm rolling down this little side path the bike started to become sluggish and eventually shut off on me. I started the bike back up, proceeded to roll in first, and it happened again. This time I couldn't start the bike back up. The solenoid would just click so I tried to jump it off by using a screwdriver ( did it before when the solenoid went out) but there was no spark. It was a new solenoid and I just installed a new rectifier today but I'm still having the issue. Any ideas?


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virgilmobile
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Re: Having some issues.

Post by virgilmobile »

Sure sounds like a dead battery.
Charge it and clean all the battery contact points.Including the frame connection.After it's running again,measure the battery volts when it's running.Check to see if it's charging.
Buzz2019
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Re: Having some issues.

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Thanks for the advice. I'll be sure to do that as soon as I put the new starter on
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OldguyGlen
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Re: Having some issues.

Post by OldguyGlen »

Been pondering the clues here... some info is missing or conflicting...
Just for clarity to us bystanders, can you answer these questions:
Dead battery is possible, but was the headlight, or other lights looking normal?
No spark on a jump means no batt volts, or open circuit in starter motor (which?).
Did you try voltmeter or test light on starter terminal before getting new starter?
Bad starter doesn't explain getting sluggish and dying. Is the bike often sluggish/die when cold?
Hope the new starter solves it, but keep us posted either way. We like to be Monday morning quarterbacks, but eventually want to find the truth of the problem for future reference.


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