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Greetings... Jack here.

I have a 1984 GL1200 I'State... 90k. I change fluids and filter religiously and it runs very well. However, it is nearly impossible to start when hot (normal riding temperature). It grunts a couple of times and tries to turn over but it is clear it is not going to start until... 1) I let it cool off or 2) I get a jump start. In both cases it starts right up.

I have an ammeter and voltmeter on the charging system and every indication is that the system is working properly. The battery is two years old but only has 7k miles on it. I intend to "load" test it next time I experience this problem. In the meantime... anyone out there with similar difficulties? Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated.

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Sounds like maybe your battery is on the way out.

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you will find most 1200 owners have the same problem including me, if you wait a bit longer and let it cool down more she'll start right up, i have'nt a clue what causes it, i just got used to it ,

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I read somewhere (maybe here)that the 1984 1200's had a ground problem in the starter.



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you will find most 1200 owners have the same problem including me, if you wait a bit longer and let it cool down more she'll start right up, i have'nt a clue what causes it, i just got used to it ,
Almost certainly your starter motor is shot, you can either do a full rebuild on it (which will give you around another 20k before it needs re-doing or get yourself a new starter from ebay, they are cheap enough in the US heck it was even cheap enough for me to get one and have it shipped over to the UK

Dont load test your new battery to hard as it will be seriously damaged if you do it wrong.

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Agree with the Gatekeeper, its the starter motor itself.

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Yup I agree as well! Pull the starter and clean out all the crud!! a set of new brushers and all will be well. The brushers in mine were hardly worn but it worked as good as new when i put it back together.

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Greetings and a huge thanks to all who responded to my query ! Alfred sent a PM that was extremely articulate and more than enlightening... thanks Al. I will keep the Forum informed as I work toward a solution and a fix...

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You can get a newor rebuilt starter here.



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In some instances it can be the start button switch itself that can cause the hot start problem as what happened on my 1200. I rebuilt the starter and still had the sluggish hot starts so I had to dissassemble the start button switch, clean all the copper contacts, stretch the springs and reassemble it and have had no problems since. Apparently the headlights build up a lot of heat on the contacts causing a lot of resistance over time in some cases and a simple cleaning and polishing with a pencil eraser makes them like new again. If you do yours be extra careful because theressome tiny, loose parts so use a catch tray. It's about a half hour job.

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