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Good Day Everyone, and Happy Mothers Day to you Ladies !!!
We are "B n B on a Trike"
Been riding two's for about a hundred years, it seems, but new to trikes... 2002 GL1800 Trike
Had it out three times so far and now it won't start and I have no manuals...
Ordered one, but two weeks for delivery...
Does anyone have a pdf version they could share the section for checking and replacing solenoids and starters, please.
I have found plenty of youtube videos for checking, but need the access info... how to get to it...!!!
The weather here in North Georgia is perfect for riding now...
Thanks in advance for any help... 6785247463
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Welcome to the forum.

Before you get too deep into the diagnostics, spray a little WD-40 into the starter button and push said button about 30 or 3,000 times.
Often, it's that simple. If the action improves things, the switch will probably need to be seriously cleaned and re-lubed for total reliability.

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Welcome to the forum.

Before you get too deep into the diagnostics, spray a little WD-40 into the starter button and push said button about 30 or 3,000 times.
Often, it's that simple. If the action improves things, the switch will probably need to be seriously cleaned and re-lubed for total reliability.
Thanks for the reply, Dennis...
the sound of at least one of the solenoids clicking and the lights dimming is the result of pushing the starter switch !!!!
seems that indicates good contact within the switch itself....
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Lots of stuff going on in that switch.

Best to make sure by rebuilding the entire electrical system before you waste five minutes and a couple squirts of WD. Not to mention the stress it would put on your thumb.

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Hello Bill and Welcome to the forum family . I love riding nawth gawja and western NC ,TN . I wish I could help but I am still on a 1500. You might try the tip from Dennis while you wait for others to chime in . Repost your question in the "Technical Forum " for more viewers. I hope your back in the hills soon.

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Congrats on the trike, post a pic of it when you can.
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Lots of stuff going on in that switch.

Best to make sure by rebuilding the entire electrical system before you waste five minutes and a couple squirts of WD. Not to mention the stress it would put on your thumb.
Well, since I have had both my thumbs rebuilt, I could use either and/or both to hit the 3000 mark !!!!!
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option 2: open the cover/case for the handlebar switch assembly and separate halves for access
Should be a plastic cover inside, then some dried up dielectric grease
WD or CRC and some qtips to remove said gunk.

Move the switch till it works well again, apply new dielectric grease- small tube from parts store is plenty

Do all the switches, especially the little used Emergency and Kill
put it back together and enjoy

Like Dennis said there is a LOT of stuff going thru the starter circuit
Try letting off the start switch- like a 1500- see if that helps

Reverse lever down- its light off? wiggle it anyway..guessing but trying!
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Thanks, Tom,
Anything to help reach the 3000 switch pushes !!!
My guess is the system has never been apart for maintenance...
this trike doesn't have the reverse lever, just another push-button...
yes, the light goes off and on when reverse is activated...
I have never worked on a Goldwing, so I have no idea how to gain access
to the solenoids and starter yet !!! And past experience has taught to
keep your hands in your pockets if you don't know what your doing...
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a web sight that fully explains
how to access them... I have worked on cars for years, but if you can't
reach the parts....
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Reverse lever down- its light off? wiggle it anyway..guessing but trying!
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