Starting problem


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Keithsquire
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Starting problem

Post by Keithsquire » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:38 pm



I have a 1985 gold wing 1200. it will not start but if I jump start it it will start wight up?



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Rednaxs60
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Re: Starting problem

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:28 am

Keithsquire wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:38 pm
I have a 1985 gold wing 1200. it will not start but if I jump start it it will start wight up?
Bit vague on the issue. "Jump start" - meaning? Is this where you are going from the battery terminal of the starter solenoid to the starter terminal of the starter solenoid with the key on and bypassing the start circuit?

1. Turn key on, everything lights up - comes on as expected, clutch lever out, no start
2. Turn key on, everything lights up - comes on as expected, clutch lever pulled in, engine starts

Clutch diode has failed, replace clutch diode.

Need more info.

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Keithsquire
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Re: Starting problem

Post by Keithsquire » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:34 am

I am going to the battery post.with the couch handle in .the bike will start.it runs awesome but after sitting overnight I have to jump it again.went on a ride for about 1/2 hour and bike died.

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Re: Starting problem

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:07 am

Sounds like you have a charging problem or/and a bad battery.
Remove the battery, trickle charge it (less than 1 amp) for a day..have it load tested.
Get a digital volt meter and run the tests on the charging system.
The bike actually runs on the charging system after starting..the battery is used to crank the engine and provide an occasional power supply when the bike is idling.
The fact that it died in a half hour means that the bikes charging system was not working and the bike was running off the battery.



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