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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 96 1500 Goldwing with just over 65K miles. The miles makes it a nearly new bike for a Goldwing, but the years makes it obsolete. I bought the bike about two years ago when I still had some drivers license issues, but the bike was for sale for $2K. I could not pass it up, so I bought it. I soon found out that no dealership would work on a Goldwing over 10 years old. I found a mechanic that did work from his house to go through the bike and do a full once-over. His shop was the first stop when I purchased the bike, and I started the bike every two or three months and let the temp get to operating temp before shutting it back down. It always fired right up with no issues or strange noises. Over this last winter the clutch slave cylinder busted and leaked the clutch fluid out (I would work all the gears in the transmission while heating the motor up). Three of four months ago, the bike would not start. I have my license issues worked out now, but my bike is out of commission. I got the dealership to agree to look at it, and they said they would go through the fuel system for $2700, but it may go deeper once they get into it. My question is - should I try to get the bike fixed or sell it for parts? I am no bike mechanic, so my DIY skills are limited.
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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I forgot to mention that the mechanic I found has since retired.
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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks - I thought i did already.
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It's a good bike and worth the time to work on it and if you have the patience. There are members here who return basket case Goldwings to their former glory. A good service manual, tools and space to work on it.
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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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I love the bike, and I guess I will have to learn to work on it. It is the "finding time" to work on the bike that will pose the greatest challenge. It's like I told the mechanic - I bought the bike to ride not to learn to be a motorcycle mechanic. I would have bought a Harley if I wanted to do that!
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Did you check to be sure the kill switch is on? It is the problem with no start more often than you would think.

What is it doing when you try to start it? Is it spinning over good or is it not turning over, does is sputter but not run? What is the battery condition?

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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The kill switch is in the run position, it turns over fine, but doesn't bust off. It didn't even try to hit. The battery and alternator were replaced when I bought the bike. I bought it running, but had them replaced as a precautionary measure. The battery was dying as I was turning it over for a while trying to get it started, and at that time, I thought that I would just have my buddy Steve take a look at it when he was working on the clutch slave cylinder. Then the news that Steve had retired...
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I don't know much about the 1500, but any engine needs spark fuel and air. Have you checked for spark? How old is the fuel? Fuel is usually the problem that causes an old bike that has been sitting not to start.

If it was mine, I would check the spark and if good, move on to the fuel system. Next would be drain the fuel and clean the carb. I bet that would make it start.

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Well I would not fix the slave cylinder till I had it running again. If the battery was going flat as you were cranking, CHARGE it up . The 1500 needs a good strong battery . Drain and refill the fuel tank with fresh gas and add a strong dosage of Sea Foam. Once charged turn on key, press start button with enricher (choke) on full. As the engine is turning over let off the start button and it may fire at that point. It's a problem of the ignition not getting full power while cranking. Thats one possibility for you can try with out getting to deep . If that gets it running we can help direct you to repair/replace the slave cylinder.

Another thought.... under the fuel door there is a vacuum operated fuel cutoff valve. You might take the valve out of service and connect the the fuel lines together just to be sure gas gets to the carbs. That is , if the electric fuel pump in the tank is working.
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