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GL1500 Starting without the Ignition Switch (Tip)

If on the road (or anywhere) and you loose (misplace) your Gold Wing ignition key.

You are not stranded and can start your bike.

1993 - 2000, Use a small strand of wire and jump from the # 3 "15-amp" stop fuse to the # 11 "15-amp' ignition fuse. Bike will start but no headlights.

Note: if you use another jumper wire from the # 3 "15-amp" stop fuse to the # 9 "5-amp" reverse/start fuse, you will have headlights.

1988 - 1992, Use a small strand of wire and jump from the # 2 "15-amp" ignition fuse to the # 11 "15-amp" horn/turn fuse. Bike will start and headlights will work.

Just slide the ends of the jumper wire in along the side of the fuse blades.

Well, I know someone who soldered a jumper wire between two 15-amp fuses. Then you can just replace the fuses.

Yes, it has been tested and it works........

Of course, a spare key is always advised........!
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I guess this method can also be used to start a bike you might like better than your own? Might want to think twice before posting bike theft instructions...

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I guess this method can also be used to start a bike you might like better than your own? Might want to think twice before posting bike theft instructions...
A thief usually doesn't need any help, they usually have their own ways.

It wasn't posted as "bike theft instructions". Appears you took it that way...........!!!

I haven't seem you helping resolve too many issues on the forum....very interesting....don't be shy let us benefit from your expertise...!!
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No thief is going to waste time pulling a side cover and then the fuse box cover to use that method. Thieves are a bit bolder and can make a theft look normal. When I lived in Port Richey Florida I saw a pick up truck with a trailer pull up along side and fairly new HD Electra-glide, two men got out and loaded the bike onto a trailer and away they went, the owner came out to a missing bike. There were cops outside when I left the store and if the security cameras of the parking lot were working the theft was caught on film.
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I guess this method can also be used to start a bike you might like better than your own? Might want to think twice before posting bike theft instructions...
Alan,

no one is going to bother with doing this if they want the bike, they will just simply put it in neutral and roll it away, load onto a trailer and be gone.

I myself have posted this same information several times and not only on this forum but on other forums when folks were desperate to get their bike running until they could find a good locksmith.

Dave just did a lot better at writing up the info than I did.....
my info disappeared into a thread asking for help....

I am leaving this thread up, it is not going enable a thief.....
if you don't want the bike removed, put it in PARK and lock it....
it won't go anywhere with the front wheel locked in full left position.

professional thieves use a tow truck, they back up, throw a web belt around the middle of the bike, and they are gone. takes less than 15 seconds.
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Didn't take them long in Port Richey either, pick up truck and trailer and the whole thing looked innocent being done. Didn't look like a theft, just a broke down bike being taken away. There were a lot of vehicle thefts being done in the area and most looked normal.


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. Didn't look like a theft, just a broke down bike being taken away.
And being a harley make it more legit.

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There was a post a long time back where somewhere asked how other Gold Wing riders kept their bikes safe while parked at a motel overnight while on a trip. A Harley rider posted his way to keep his Harley safe. He said "I cover it with a full cover that has "GOLD WING" written on it.
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Okay, I stand corrrected - it just seems that posting information on how to start a bike/car/truck without using a key is just asking for trouble!

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There was a post a long time back where somewhere asked how other Gold Wing riders kept their bikes safe while parked at a motel overnight while on a trip. A Harley rider posted his way to keep his Harley safe. He said "I cover it with a full cover that has "GOLD WING" written on it.
I remembering seeing a Harley rider post that somewhere.

I have two covers for my bike. one is a almost new half cover for the electronics installed on the bars....

the 2nd is a 40 year old full cover that was used on my old '84 and it is ratty as hell...... the intention is, if the guy can't afford a good cover, the bike ain't worth a damn

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