How does ONE propose that ONE push-start a GL1200a
I've been having intermittent starter problems that I've scoured these forums to get the answer for and have. Removal and possible rebuild. Also read about the secondary and better place to put a lead opposed to its factory placing. I've also read about a couple of you guys push starting your Goldwing. Please tell me how the heck you're doing that alone. Mine's dry weight is 987lbs. I may find out that I'm just a puss today but let me tell ya.. I can barely move it alone.
Years ago when my 1100 was the "Daily Driver" the starter brushes were going bad, it would turn over sluggishly and pull a lot of current doing it, but always started. I hadn't the chance to fix the starter before things really went south. The start relay couldn't take the high current abuse anymore and gave up. So for the rest of the week I had to choose parking spots carefully so I could roll-start the bike.
I have long legs, I can actually get the 1100 rolling fast enough on level ground while straddling it that I can start it in 1st gear with a quick bump of the clutch. Don't think I'd want to try that on the 1500 though!
... So after new brushes in the starter and a new start relay I took the old relay apart - Just to see. Heat from excess current had melted plastic housing internally to where the big copper washer on the plunger could no longer contact both main terminal bolts.