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I’m new to the biking world.
I bought a 1985 goldwing and was told all it needed was a battery, I bought one and everything is lighting up but it won’t turn over.
all I hear is clicks, so is it the silanoid or the starter?
any ideas.
 

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You have to do some investigating. Check if power is getting to the starter or not.
 

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OK, check at the starter solenoid, power at the battery side then at the motor side with the button pushed. If it clicks when you push the button but no power goes through then it's bad. If it doesn't click check power on the red/yellow wire and the green/red wire. if it has power on the green/red then it's not getting ground, if the neutral light is on then the clutch diode may be bad. Have you tried pulling in the clutch?
 

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OK, check at the starter solenoid, power at the battery side then at the motor side with the button pushed. If it clicks when you push the button but no power goes through then it's bad. If it doesn't click check power on the red/yellow wire and the green/red wire. if it has power on the green/red then it's not getting ground, if the neutral light is on then the clutch diode may be bad. Have you tried pulling in the clutch?
I‘ve tried the clutch, but the cable seems moving like it should(springing in and out) it too is either ceased or not connected properly, but there is no power going from the solenoid to the starter either, but again there is power in the solenoid.
Thank you for your help. This is all new to me.
 

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It doesn't have a clutch cable but it's not relevant to whether the clutch switch works or not anyway.
 

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I’ve done that

I checked and there seems to be no power going to the starter.
No insult intended but to help you always give as much detail as you can. Replies like "I checked and there seems to be no power going to the starter" often send everyone on a wild goose chase. The more detail you give the more help you will get back. That will get you up and running faster. A reply like this would be much more helpful.

I had a chance to look at the bike. With the transmission in neutral I heard a faint click each time I pushed the start button. All I heard was the faint click. The starter motor made absolutely no noise or attempt to start the engine. Using a test light or voltmeter I checked for power on the big studs on the relay. With the start button held in I had power on one of the big studs but nothing on the other. It did seem like the clicking noise might have been coming from the relay/solenoid. What should I do next? Is my relay/solenoid the issue?

This kind of information will save every one time and get you riding that wing rather than wrenching that wing much faster than the "starter seems (seems???) to have no power? A reply like that can raise more questions than it answers.

Like seems??? What does that mean?.

How did he come to that conclusion?

How much ability does the member have?

Always reply with as much information as you can and the Guys will get you going.....fast! :)
 

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I think its safe to say the solenoid is jammed up. You have battery power going to one of the large contacts but none coming out toward the starter, and the solenoid clicks with 12 volts applied to its coil wires (the small gauge ones). I'd get the bike in neutral, put it on the center stand, with the key in run and clutch lever squeezed then briefly short the two large connectors of the solenoid with a large screwdriver so power jumps across to the starter - the starter should spin. If so, replace your starter relay.
 

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I’m new to the biking world.
I bought a 1985 goldwing and was told all it needed was a battery, I bought one and everything is lighting up but it won’t turn over.
all I hear is clicks, so is it the silanoid or the starter?
any ideas.
 

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The click is most likely your solenoid. It may have rusted up on the contacts from sitting too long. Try pushing and stopping the starter a bunch of times. My 2012 wing did the same thing and after 5 or 6 clicks, off it went. No more problems
 
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