My 1800 Won't Start!


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Richard Kelland
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Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Motorcycle: 2002 Goldwing 1800

My 1800 Won't Start!

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Looking for help. I'm a happy Goldwing 1800 owner in South Africa. It's a 2002 model with 40,000km on the clock and has been going like a dream. My wife and I do 1,000 to 5,000km trips on this cruising baby with no problems, until my recent thousand kilometre trip. She started great at home, then with effort on a cold Monday morning, was fine during the trip, but after parking for 3 days at my destination she failed to start. And after the first two tries the starter just clicked. Alternator is working fine and I rode her all the way back with some push starts. Once started I can reverse the bike, so the start-switch, reverse relays and starter motor are working. But when I try and start now, I can hear the relay click, but nothing else. Not a peep from the starter.
Cheers from SA!


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Re: My 1800 Won't Start!

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It sounds to me like your battery failed. If it starts and runs with a push start, yes, the alternator is good. The battery needs to be replaced would be my suggestion.
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Re: My 1800 Won't Start!

Post by WingAdmin »

Yup, that's a classic sign of a dead battery. If you have a voltmeter handy, put it on the battery terminals, and measure both with the bike turned off, and then when you press the starter.
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Re: My 1800 Won't Start!

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Thanks guys. I'm embarrassed to say that you're both right. Simple as that. I thought the battery was fine from the reaction of my trickle charger, but when I discussed it with the local Honda techy he said the voltage is not the critical issue, its the current. I tried the battery from my old 1200 and presto... here I was thinking the problem was something interesting...
But it's great having this forum to bounce issues off, and getting such a quick response from you gents way over yonder.. I spent 5 great years in the States. 3 in New England and 2 in Houston. Loved it all. :-)
Many thanks.


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