97 Goldwing quite / runs again


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Klh
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97 Goldwing quite / runs again

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My 97 Goldwing 1500 was running then quit, would not turn over at all. Lights,horn,directionals all working. Jump start off another vehicle starting immediately continued to run without any other incident. Directly afterwards it started without any problems. The only thing I noticed before it quit the volume in the radio went quiet and the clock display and radio display intermittent flashed back and forth. Battery checked out as good being checked at160 CCA. Since this happened the bike appears to be running fine 196 miles. With this happening I am reluctant to ride it to far from home. Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated! Thanks Kenn H.



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AZgl1800
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Re: 97 Goldwing quite / runs again

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you need to put a Voltmeter on the battery while the engine is running at 2000 RPM or more.

should be 14.3 Volts if the battery is charged.

if it is reading in the 12 volt range, the charging system is in trouble, or the battery is old and needs to be replaced.

the 1500s need at least 10.75 volts measured at the battery during the Starter Cranking period.
and that is the minimum, a good AGM battery will hold at least 11.5 volts while cranking.

get a 330 CCA AGM battery and I feel that your problems will go away.
( assumes the alternator is good )

This all assumes that all of the primary wiring between Alternator, fuses, and battery are clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Plus the wires from the Battery to the Starter relays 'A' and 'B' must also be tight, free of corrosion.
~John

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newday777
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

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Re: 97 Goldwing quite / runs again

Post by newday777 »

Kenn H welcome to the forum
1-How long have you had the bike? Miles on it and how many have you put on it?
2-Have you kept it on a battery tender over the winter?(your profile says NY)

3-You said the radio volume went low and gauges/display flashed... That is usually an indicator of low voltage when that happens. In 1996 Honda went to Chinese made alternators, they have been know for failed solder joints in the windings that work when cold but fail as the bike motor gets hot. This is a common failure of 1996-2000 wing alternator failures. They have failed at low mileage and higher mileage.
Is this the scenario with when it died on you?(please respond, that is part of your online experience that you need to do).


4-You said the battery checked out with cca but not what the battery voltage was at before testing and after.
As John said, a voltmeter is a very necessary addition to your bike if you don't have one on it so you can see what your battery has for voltage and what the alternator is putting out as you ride.
Klh wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:15 am
My 97 Goldwing 1500 was running then quit, would not turn over at all. Lights,horn,directionals all working. Jump start off another vehicle starting immediately continued to run without any other incident. Directly afterwards it started without any problems. The only thing I noticed before it quit the volume in the radio went quiet and the clock display and radio display intermittent flashed back and forth. Battery checked out as good being checked at160 CCA. Since this happened the bike appears to be running fine 196 miles. With this happening I am reluctant to ride it to far from home. Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated! Thanks Kenn H.

TwoTone Trike
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Re: 97 Goldwing quite / runs again

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Hey newday, I have a 99 1500 se with 110,000 on it. I bought it in 2017. My question is this. How can you tell if it's Chinese made? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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DenverWinger
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Re: 97 Goldwing quite / runs again

Post by DenverWinger »

If it's the original alternator on a '96 to '00 1500 it's Chinese. If it's been replaced, then hard to say.
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

~Mark

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newday777
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1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: 97 Goldwing quite / runs again

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TwoTone Trike wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:23 am
Hey newday, I have a 99 1500 se with 110,000 on it. I bought it in 2017. My question is this. How can you tell if it's Chinese made? Any help is greatly appreciated.
If what is? The Alternator? The sticker on the side will have either made in Japan or made in China...

Or someone probably already replaced yours before you bought it

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Re: 97 Goldwing quite / runs again

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Sorry newday I meant alternator. Thanks for the info I'll check it out. Thanks also to you Denver.



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