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I recently purchased a 2006 GL 1800 with 124,000 miles, twice now I’ve arrived at a destination, turned the bike off and a few minutes or hour later I go to leave and it won’t start. I turn on the key, the lights come on, I press the ignition switch and there’s nothing. The headlights dim when I push the ignition but no sounds nothing. I try many times to no avail and then the next day, it starts no problem and gives me no indication there is a problem. The other day I called a tow truck because after hours of trying to start it it was useless, as I was rolling it to wench it on the flat bed I said, let me try it once more, it started right up. I’d hit that starter a dozen times and it just randomly started hours after I turned it off. can anyone offer a suggestion?
 

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Is it in neutral & the neutral light on when this happens & did you try pulling in the clutch? Not much to go on. Try tightening the battery connections. The headlights going of has nothing to do with starting except the button you push.
 

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My 2006 Gold Wing died on me just as I was pulling into the garage a while back. The fans had just kicked on. Cleaned and tightened up the battery connections and no more problems. Possible the battery is on its last leg. Check alternator out put.
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Agreed, check the battery cables first, remove them, clean them up, and reinstall.

The next time it won't start, give the starter a whack with something, a hammer if you have one (put one on the bike now), and see if it will start then.

The 968 (a car) had a common problem called "GSS - gummy starter syndrome), where the car would start and run great, then when parked for a short while, the starter would "heat soak" because it was very close to the exhaust, and if it was dirty or worn enough it would not turn again until the car cooled down sufficiently. I wonder if the GL1800 has a similar condition?
 

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New development. this morning It started right up but when I put it in reverse, it moved a few inches but wouldn’t fully engage or work. Surely the problem is either the starter or the starter relays
 

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The starting and reverse systems are pretty much the same thing. Whatever is wrong with the starting is also wrong with reverse. Start by checking the battery and connections. Don't just go throwing parts at it.
 

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I replaced the battery 4 days ago, the problems started after I replaced the bat. I also keep my bikes on a trickle charger.
 

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I replaced the battery 4 days ago, the problems started after I replaced the bat. I also keep my bikes on a trickle charger.
Sounds like a clue to me. CHECK THE BATTERY CONNECTIONS.
 

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I replaced the battery 4 days ago, the problems started after I replaced the bat. I also keep my bikes on a trickle charger.
You should have included this comment in your original post...!. ;)

If it is not the battery cable connections, try the following:

When starting the engine, press very lightly on the starter button (not pressing it all the way inward).

You could possibly have a faulty starter switch.

Just another thought........!!
 
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