1990 GL1500 starting problem


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1990 GL1500 starting problem

Post by wing rider 2012 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:28 pm



Hi Guys, I have an issue with a 1990 GL1500, I'm in Missouri visiting In-Laws and my Aunt has the bike that belonged to her husband. Well he passed away a few years ago and the bike has just sat in the garage. Knowing that I rided a Gold Wing she ask me to take a look at it because she wants to sale the bike. I drained the gas, put in new gas, seafoam and a new battery, hit the starter and after a few cranks the bike fire up, sounded very good, nice and smooth, so I let the bike idle then after about 5 minute it just quit, like some one turned off the switch, now it just clicks when trying to start. I checked the voltage at "starter relay B" and there was only a little bit of a voltage drop---12.6 down to 12.4 with the start button pushed. Any ideas?????

This bike is in immaculate condition, the best looking 1990 Gold Wing I've seen in years. I'd really like to get it running for her so she can sale it, so if any of you in the Missouri area (Ava) looking for a good buy on a 1990 Gold Wing, let me know.


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Re: 1990 GL1500 starting problem

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:53 am

You could check the contacts and the terminals of the ignition/cruise relay and the kill switch. There may be a loose, corroded, damaged contact.

Also don't forget to check the fuse #2, if necessary replace it.

Another possibility is a bad bank angle sensor which provides the ground to the coil of the ign/cruise relay.

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