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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Late dad's trike won't start

Hey all, my Dad passed away last december and now that we're finally coming to the end of all the paperwork and hoops to jump through for taking care of his estate, we're looking at what to do with his 04 GL1800 with a roadsmith trike kit. It won't start. Won't even turn over. Battery is good, lights come on, I can hear the relay click when I hit the button, but all the lights go completely out as long as i'm holding it and the starter motor doesn't turn. It was left sitting with the reverse switch on after the last time he rode it, but I can hear the reverse engage and disengage if i toggle it on and off. I tried rocking the bike back and forth in case the starter motor was stuck, no joy. I'm betting on a dead starter, and I'm also betting replacing it is a real pain.

Does anyone know any other things that might be the cause? If not, does anybody know what kind of cost I would be looking at to have a shop fix it, and is it worth it to get that done before selling it or should we just sell it as-is? I'm not aware of it having any other problems, but it's not my bike and I can't exactly ask, so I don't know for sure.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 01:09 AM
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The lights going out is a good thing. They are supposed to when the starter button is depressed. Are you sure the kill switch is in the correct position?

I have seen starter buttons do this. The light switch part connects but the starter part doesn't. Easy to check that, spray some WD-40 around the button while pressing it several times.

Those two things are the most likely suspects.

Except...the battery. I've seen them run the lights, show 12 volts and still be dead when subjected to a real power draw.

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left - off
center - run
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If not the afore mentioned kill switch (which is only chrome plated if a chrome cover has been added), is the (N) light on and the (R) light off? Have you tried pulling in the clutch?

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Sometime the clutch switch doesn't close. Do what the above guys say and make sure bike is in neutral

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If it's the large starter relay that's clicking then the start button and interlocks are doing they're job.

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kill switch is on run (come on guys, just cause this isn't my bike doesn't mean I don't have a bike - mine's a GL1200 I bought from a neglectful owner and embraced the rattiness), bike is in neutral, reverse is off. I can hear a relay click kind of behind and under me on the left side. One solid click, then nothing.
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May I ask, how old is the battery?
It's a bad habit with trike owners to use reverse as a parking brake and when the battery doesn't have the juice to disengage it you have a locked situation.


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I feel so cheated, mine's dark grey with a red top?










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kill switch is on run (come on guys, just cause this isn't my bike doesn't mean I don't have a bike - .
It wouldn't be the first time someone overlooked that, me included. Check the #12 fuse.
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