I have the first ever technical problem with my 2002 Goldwing and I'm looking for someone who has had this issue and can point me in a direction.
I bought the bike new in 2002, and it only has 32k miles. I have always diligently did the maintenance almost to be considered obsessed.
Here is what started happening...
After only riding about a mile or two the bike "hiccups" a couple times then the F1 light comes on and engine dies. I pull over to the side of the road and begin trying to restart it. The F1 light is acting perfectly normal, everything else looks and sounds normal, but the engine turns over and will not hit. The only other symptom is the reverse does not work, the reverse indicator comes on but pressing the starter button does nothing.
Then, after trying and trying, it starts. Runs another mile or two and does the same thing over again.
I think it's acting like a fuel pump issue, but the sounds from it are the same as always and the F1 light is acting normal. Also, the fact that reverse will not energize until after the engine finally starts again tells me this could be an electrical problem.
Anyone had this happen before, or have any thoughts?
I wonder if Dave misspoke when he mentioned the possible crank sensor. That maybe he meant to say camshaft position sensor. I do not believe they have a crank sensor as the pulse generators do that job??? It is possible the PG's have failed.
It is not unusual for the reluctor and pickup type sensors to not set codes. The reason is that the signal can just scramble and not necessarily quit. Also the ECU can interpret the lack of signal as the key being on and engine not cranking. I have had some success diagnosing these sensors 9when no code is set) by running the engine until it quits. Then spray the sensor with a garden hose to cool it off. If it starts again there is a good chance the sensor has failed. Unfortunately if the engine still does not start that doesn't mean the sensor is good.
Just for curiosity when it won't start crank the engine and see if the tach measures some RPM. Good hint maybe???
When the engine quits follow the instructions below but do not turn off the key when it quits.
SELF-DIAGNOSTIC DATA INDICATION
Place the motorcycle on its side stand.
Turn the ignition switch to ON and engine stop
switch to .
The malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) comes on for
a few seconds, then goes off.
Start the engine and let it idle.
If the engine will not start, turn the starter motor
for more than 10 seconds and check that the MIL
If the MIL does not blink, the ECM has no problem
If the MIL blinks, read and record how many times
the MIL blinks, and determine the cause of the
The MIL will start blinking when the side stand is
lowered and the engine speed is below
1,500 rpm. If the side stand is retracted or the
engine speed is above 1,500 rpm, the MIL will
illuminate and stay on.