Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Model: '99 Gold Wing SE
Rodney, Relays have contact points inside them, if the contact points are stuck in the closed position, then power is applied to the starter when you connect the battery cables (regardless of weather your ignition switch is on or off). Normally, when you turn the ignition switch on, push the starter switch, power is applied to the relays and that closes the contacts inside the relays. But if the contacts are stuck closed, as in your case, it makes no difference about the ignition or starter switch.
The next time this happens, bang on the relays, it might break the contact points loose and the starter will quite running. Then you know which one was stuck.
The problem is not your starter....it's the relays.......!!