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Just bought a Goldwing last night. Unfortunately it is inoperable, that is when I found this forum, so hopefully, I will be able to figure out what's going on. So far I know that I need a new clutch master cylinder (possibly a new clutch as well), a new stator or try to find out what is draining the battery so quickly. The gentleman I bought it from said that there are grounds that are going bad? Also unless I am missing something I need to figure out what is going on with the rear brake since I couldn't turn it on I couldn't see if the lack of resistance, while the bike was off, should be concerning.
 

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You did not say whether the engine runs or not. Your first step should be to make sure the engine is good. The other stuff can be fixed later.

If the stator is bad you're in for an expensive repair. It might not be worth fixing.

A little more information about the bike would be helpful. Mileage, condition, etc.. A picture would also help assess your situation.

Good luck,


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I, unfortunately, haven't been able to turn it on because of the drained battery, I am hoping that its just something in the wiring from the battery because I have heard that a Stator replacement can be pricy
 

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I, unfortunately, haven't been able to turn it on because of the drained battery, I am hoping that its just something in the wiring from the battery because I have heard that a Stator replacement can be pricy



so we have to assume that going in well informed, the purchase price was adjusted to you possibly knowing it won't be fixable....


anything is fixable, but at what price? :|
 

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so we have to assume that going in well informed, the purchase price was adjusted to you possibly knowing it won't be fixable....


anything is fixable, but at what price? :|
unfortunately, I was not that well informed about it and just kind of made the spontaneous decision I mean I only paid about 250 for the bike. Which I feel is coming back to bite me.
 

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Your first step should be a new battery or see if you can charge the old one. Remove the battery clamps from the bike to recharge it. That way it will not be drained by what ever is the problem.

Once you have a good battery. See if it will turn over.


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Your first step should be a new battery or see if you can charge the old one. Remove the battery clamps from the bike to recharge it. That way it will not be drained by whatever is the problem.

Once you have a good battery. See if it will turn over.


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Sounds like a reasonable starting point, the guy I got it from said it was running a few weeks ago. So hopefully when I get that turned over it will let me know what else might be going on.
 

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Just read post #5. Do not panic, yet. $250 is not the end of the world. If the bike has a bad stator but is in good to fair condition cosmetically, you may be able to recoup your money by selling parts.

Post a picture?


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Just read post #5. Do not panic, yet. $250 is not the end of the world. If the bike has a bad stator but is in good to fair condition cosmetically, you may be able to recoup your money by selling parts.

Post a picture?


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there is an idea I didn't think of and for sure I can I have a few. So I took a picture of the things I thought might cause me some problems from just what I can see.
 

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Yes, you can sell parts and probably turn a profit. But not knowing anything about the bike will make that a challenge.

Is the left saddlebag gone, or laying around somewhere?

Where are you in Phoenix? I can probably offer some assistance.
 

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Bad stator means reject the bike? Really? It's $100 plus an engine pull. But I'll bet there's nothing wrong with it. Burned out connectors, bad grounds, bad electronics - much more likely. I think good stators are often mistakenly chucked.
 

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I have the saddle bag just need bolts, I am off of 27th ave and Bethany home, but the bike right now is located off of 63rd ave and Bethany should be moving it next Friday.
 

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Bad stator means reject the bike? Really? It's $100 plus an engine pull. But I'll bet there's nothing wrong with it. Burned out connectors, bad grounds, bad electronics - much more likely. I think good stators are often mistakenly chucked.
I am really hoping that is the case for sure, I know I don't know much but I think it might be wiring, and luckily if I do have to pull the engine I found the forum that has the video.
 

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Bad stator means reject the bike? Really? It's $100 plus an engine pull. But I'll bet there's nothing wrong with it. Burned out connectors, bad grounds, bad electronics - much more likely. I think good stators are often mistakenly chucked.
Where are you getting a OEM stator for $100.00? That sounds like a great deal!

Looks like a lot of corrosion on the battery. Hopefully not any where else.


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Just bought a Goldwing last night. Unfortunately it is inoperable, that is when I found this forum, so hopefully, I will be able to figure out what's going on. So far I know that I need a new clutch master cylinder (possibly a new clutch as well), a new stator or try to find out what is draining the battery so quickly. The gentleman I bought it from said that there are grounds that are going bad? Also unless I am missing something I need to figure out what is going on with the rear brake since I couldn't turn it on I couldn't see if the lack of resistance, while the bike was off, should be concerning.
Welcome to the forum. That is a great bike you have and will be greater if you can get it on the road. There are tremendous resources on this site and physically in your home town.

Three issues listed.

Bad clutch master cylinder and/or clutch. Assuming you are pulling on clutch lever and feeling little resistance. This could be solved by bleeding the system or it may also be a bad slave cylinder or even old and soft hydraulic lines. A bad clutch really can't be diagnosed without the engine running and oil circulating thru the transmission. For now, get it in neutral, change oil and filter and get it started.

Dead battery. Bad stator does not a dead battery make. While it's possible the stator has a short, I don't think it's draining the battery just sitting in the garage. It charges the battery when the engine is running. If the engine is running and voltage at battery is low, there are several other things to check and solutions available as Terry has stated. If stator is in fact defective you can also do a poor boy alternator install. But first you need to get the engine running to easily determine if the charging system works. You can get a new battery at Walmart or for now just connect the cables to a car battery sitting on a milk crate.

Rear brake. Not sure what you mean by "couldn't turn it on I couldn't see if the lack of resistance, while the bike was off" Not power assisted brakes so they work or don't with engine off. Similar to clutch, could be a bleeding issue, hose issue or master cylinder or brake caliper rebuild, Note brake pedal also operates left front brake caliper.
 

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I can see in your 3rd picture, the one with the battery, looks like someone has done a poor job of repairing the stator wires, the ones with the blue wires to the left of the battery.
 

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So if you do get it to jump up and run, and still experience charging problems, then the good news is, you still have the 3 yellow wire plug.


99 times out of 100 that plug burns out well before the stator goes south. If the PO was telling you the truth about it running recently.


Chances are that the clutch itself is OK too, they're pretty bulletproof for 100K or so. How many miles are on it?
 
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