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post #21 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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What we have here is the same language but a total failure to communicate.

When you press the start button does the crankshaft turn?

Like I said, I can hear the starter working to turn the bike over, however it doesn't start. I believe the crankshaft is turning.


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sounds like battery may be to dead if I am understanding it
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sounds like battery may be to dead if I am understanding it


Hopefully so. I put it on charge earlier.


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How old is the battery? You may want to load test the battery also.


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How old is the battery? You may want to load test the battery also.


Battery is newish, put on by the PO. It's a wet cell and those are notoriously PITA lol.


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I prefer maintenance free, when I had my GL1500 trike it had an updated alternator and sealed cell battery it came as a package and the GL650I also had a brand new one installed.
Malfunctioning regulator/rectifier and it boils the battery. The battery could also be bad brand new out of the box. When it comes to a battery I always try to get the best one. Yuasa seems to be the best for Wings.
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Well I just got home to a freshly charged battery. Popped it in, hooked it up and it cranks with no issues.

Now onto what seems to be the pulse generators, unless someone has any other ideas?
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Well I just got home to a freshly charged battery. Popped it in, hooked it up and it cranks with no issues.

Now onto what seems to be the pulse generators, unless someone has any other ideas?
Is it running now that it's cool and the battery is charged?

You might be able to hook a meter up to the coils or to the PG plug and let it idle until it dies, and check for juice at the connection. I'm pretty bad with electrical but someone here can probably tell you where to plug in and what to look for.

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Is it running now that it's cool and the battery is charged?

You might be able to hook a meter up to the coils or to the PG plug and let it idle until it dies, and check for juice at the connection. I'm pretty bad with electrical but someone here can probably tell you where to plug in and what to look for.


Yes, no issues running now. The issue seems to be when it sits outside in the sun after starting up, it will die a couple minutes or so several times after starting out. My belief after all the research I've done is that I have a set of thermal pulse generators that open after a certain temp. I'm not one to throw money at a problem so I checked spark after it dies with a good blue spark on a 3/16" gapped plug on every cylinder. I've ohmed the primary and secondary resistances on both coils which were in spec. I've also followed every wire looking for an intermittent ground issue with no luck. Every connection in that system has been cleaned and packed with dielectric grease and I've replaced the dog bone fuse with a waterproof inline 30 amp. I think this is the next logical step and I've ordered a set of PG's from Honda parts warehouse which will hopefully fix the issue.


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Yes, no issues running now. The issue seems to be when it sits outside in the sun after starting up, it will die a couple minutes or so several times after starting out. My belief after all the research I've done is that I have a set of thermal pulse generators that open after a certain temp. I'm not one to throw money at a problem so I checked spark after it dies with a good blue spark on a 3/16" gapped plug on every cylinder. I've ohmed the primary and secondary resistances on both coils which were in spec. I've also followed every wire looking for an intermittent ground issue with no luck. Every connection in that system has been cleaned and packed with dielectric grease and I've replaced the dog bone fuse with a waterproof inline 30 amp. I think this is the next logical step and I've ordered a set of PG's from Honda parts warehouse which will hopefully fix the issue.


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If you have spark the PGs are working, something besides the ignition system is wrong, that pretty much leaves fuel.

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