How does ONE propose that ONE push-start a GL1200a - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

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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.
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3rd gear probably, but that would be risky, as when it starts it is going to leave you behind.

I would suggest two helpers and you on the bike. 3rd or 4th gear...
been too long since I owned a 1200, and don't think I ever had to push start it.
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I can do it, but it sucks. No biggie at all with a bit of a decline. I use first gear for the higher rpms.

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Thanks guys. Answer me one more regarding the topic. Would it be too much like home for one to make this happen on center stand?
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Why not just fix the starting issue?

And why is the bike so heavy? That's 280 pounds more than stock.

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There was a guy on this forum that had a 1500 the starter didn't work on & he roll started it for a long time.

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There was a guy on this forum that had a 1500 the starter didn't work on & he roll started it for a long time.
oh yes, lived up near Norfork, AR as I recall... a bit of a recluse

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I've "drift started" or "roll started" a few bikes, but never "push started" one. Recipe for a bad day at black rock.

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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.
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Before I replaced my stator, with a new gel battery I’d cruise for the day and charged it when I got home.

When I was out for a few hours, later in the day, I’d park it where I could find a short downhill. Let it coast 30 feet in 2nd gear, let the clutch out; vroom and go!
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