GL 1500 Starting question


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GL 1500 Starting question

Post by garyb29 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:09 am



This is my first post here and I've got kind of a weird starting problem. Hope you guys can help. I rode my bike through most of the summer with no problems. I went away on vacation and when I came back the bike would not start. The battery was charged and the bike cranked over fine but would not run. Not wanting to kill the battery I stopped and let it charge up a bit. I went out about 40 minutes later and it fired right up and it starts perfectly when I ride and stop and start. That's the way it is now, after it sits in the garage for a day or two it won't start initially but trying after 30 to 45 minutes it starts right up. Any help would be much appreciated. The bike is a 1991 SE



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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by dingdong » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:43 am

My first guess is a weak battery. The 1500 is known for cranking over fine but not starting because there isn't enough power from the battery to fire the ECU while cranking. Betcha a new AGM battery will solve this.
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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:15 am

Yup, the symptoms you have described are classic GL1500-weak-battery symptoms. Bike will crank but not start. Immediately after charging battery bike will start up.

The GL1500 needs a very strong battery to start it up. A weak battery will crank it, or it will fire the plugs, but not both at the same time. Sometimes a symptom of a weakening battery is a bike that will not start while the start button is held in cranking the engine, but as soon as the button is released, and the engine is still spinning from momentum, the spark plugs will then fire up and the bike starts. If your bike starts doing this, plan on a new battery soon.

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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by garyb29 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:39 am

Thanks for your replies. I thought the same thing myself so I put in a new battery, still the same even if I boost it. When it doesn't start the first time I don't charge the battery I just leave it and sure enough after the 30 to 45 minute wait time away she goes. Very puzzling.

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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by WvChamp » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:41 pm

Hey Gary,
Welcome to the forum.
All though like the rest....I would've bet on the battery too also.
Not sure of your starting procedures and for my curiosity please try this. Next time you go to start the ole girl...and when the conditions are right not to start...give the throttle a full twist before hitting the button.
Please report back.
Good luck,
WvChamp.

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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by garyb29 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:50 pm

Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try and let you know.

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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by garyb29 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:26 pm

We'll guys I figured out the problem. I tried again to start it with the same result so I used my neighbours booster pack and it started in an instant. I waited a while and tried again, still would not start. Put on the booster pack and away she went again. Pulled my so called new battery and took it to the shop to be tested, sure enough the battery is no good. The dealer will replace it, should I go AGM or maintenance free. What is the minimum cold cranking amp battery I should get. Thanks for your help.

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Re: GL 1500 Starting question

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:18 pm

garyb29 wrote:We'll guys I figured out the problem. I tried again to start it with the same result so I used my neighbours booster pack and it started in an instant. I waited a while and tried again, still would not start. Put on the booster pack and away she went again. Pulled my so called new battery and took it to the shop to be tested, sure enough the battery is no good. The dealer will replace it, should I go AGM or maintenance free. What is the minimum cold cranking amp battery I should get. Thanks for your help.
Honestly, if you don't want to be going through this again in a couple years, I would recommend an AGM battery - the GL1500 really needs one.

If i were to buy one, it would be the MotoBatt MBTX24U - one of the best AGM batteries you can buy, and tests that way as well.

Also, buy yourself a Battery Tender to take care of it. The AGM battery on my GL1500 is now entering its sixth year of service thanks to it being on a Battery Tender Jr. pretty much 24/7 whenever the bike is parked.



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