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Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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TheRepoGuy
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Evening Folks!
Hate to jump right into the “I’ve got a problem” but I do! I’m bringing a 1985 GL1200 Interstate back to life piece by piece literally. Got the battery and new cables installed today; fuel lines, filter and fuel pump done today as well...slowly but surely!

My issue is - I have absolutely no power at the key switch. Even with a fully charged brand new battery and everything else. I haven’t broke out the multimeter as of yet since I’m sure the ex wife has mine and I likely won’t get it back so it’ll be off to buy a new one 🙄🙄

Beyond checking the grounds - I’m at a loss where I should turn my attention to next and would seriously appreciate any insight from y’all! Pic of the bike is below and yes, it’s on my repo truck ha!
Nate





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Post by Ivan161 »

hello.you will need check dogbone fuse on the left side under side cover.follow under starter relay.when not power on after key switch to "on" position usually fault dogbone fuse

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...x2 ...

very nice score !

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Ivan161 wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 11:13 pm
hello.you will need check dogbone fuse on the left side under side cover.follow under starter relay.when not power on after key switch to "on" position usually fault dogbone fuse
If you’re talking about the fuse on the solenoid itself that fuse does not exist - it’s been replaced by a link (I’ll post a picture following the thread in a sec)

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winguyjo wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 11:53 pm
...x2 ...

very nice score !
Appreciate it! Can’t pass up a $500 dollar project! Better if I had power though ha!

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Here’s a bit of what I’ve got thus far - my opinion says (and after checking continuity with the grounds) there’s got to be a fault within the solenoid itself...HOWEVER; there’s also a rats nest of wiring on the left side in the compartment which looks ridiculous and parts I have no clue what they even do even after looking at diagrams 😣
Nate

Solenoid
Solenoid


The unknown relay?
The unknown relay?


The rats nest
The rats nest


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Post by julimike54 »

"Unknown relay", could go to the lights mounted to the engine guards. I think once you get a meter you may make more progress. Good luck and welcome!
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Post by Rednaxs60 »

Nice ride. Power to the bike goes through the connections of the starter solenoid (obvious). When the battery is connected to the solenoid, there are two pins that are live at all times with a good fuse installed. The other two pins are for powering the internal solenoid switch allowing power from the battery to go to the starter. Here is a picture of what you should have:


You will also notice the "B" marking on the solenoid. There should be a "B" and "M" marking for battery and starter respectively.

To troubleshoot, connect a wire from the battery directly to the red wire at the solenoid with a 30 amp inline fuse and see if you have power at the ignition switch. If so you may need a new solenoid. The red/white wire that is connected to the solenoid is from the RR, provides battery charging.

Good luck.


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