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Good morning everybody,

This morning I went out to start my 82 1100 and when I hit the trigger it acted like it was a dead battery. I put it on the charger for 1 hour. Came back out. Nothing. Tried to jump it with the charger. Nothing. Pulled it out of the garage pushed and held the button a couple times and it finally started cranking. Is it a bad Battery or Starter taking a crap?

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I'd check the cables first. Remove them, the ground side too,and make sure that they are clean and tighten them back up. If that doesn't do it, you may want to check the fuses, starter button, etc.

Last year, I had a problem with my bike not starting. I searched and searched, troubleshooting every electrical component....only to find that my 9 month old battery had taken a dump. It had 13 volts but no amps. Go figure. I've got a good sealed battery now...not the Yuasa from Wally World.

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i would start by checking bat. voltage and contacts for corrosion ect. also perform load test on bat., if you don't have a load tester most parts stores will do it for free

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Suggest that you check the dog bone 30 amp fuse if you haven't replaced it with a by-passed plug in fuse/fuse holder. I had same problem last year, everything worked except the starter. Dog bone fuse fell to pieces when removed.

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The load test at the parts house ain't always right. Last fall mine went dead every third day and they load tested it and said it was good. One more week of a dying battery and I got a new one and have not had a problem since.

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FWIW, mine does the same thing on initial startup. Press the button, lights dim...nothing. Two seconds later it finally starts. I was told the starter switch might need cleaning. I also suspect my starter needs a good rebuild and cleanout.

Now once it's warmed up the starter hits right away, soon as I press the button.
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The starter comes out easy. Clean up the armature of the starter and then try. If the battery voltage drops below 10.5 volts while cranking , I would suspect the battery. Good starting involves more than one component.

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Well Thanks everybody,

I now have a direction as to what I'm going to do. I appreciate the Help

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problem with gl1100 is the brushes in the starter motor. if you replace them it should sort out your problem.. its a known fault


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I have experienced the same problem with my 81 1100.

I found that only holding in the clutch to start will sometimes cause this if you don't have the transmission in neutral. I even went to the point of replacing the starter. Same problem.

If I am in neutral AND hold in the clutch, no problems.

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