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Just purchased my first motorcycle. Im 24 years old and not mechanically inclined. I am how ever not an idiot. My bike is together but needs lots of work. Upon getting it, i removed the front fairing.. I purchased a need battery and starter relay. After hooking the battery and relay up ( correctly to my knowledge.. Still trying to figure out what b and m mean...) as soon as the ground is placed on the battery, smoke begins to come out of a set of wires.. Smells of electrical fire... When i traced the wires to there source i found that basically everything in the fairing was attached to this wiring.. Please help!! Just want to get the bike to turn over to progress!!!! Diagrams anything.please....
 

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Hi lcbloodwing and welcome to the forum, you will find out everything you need to knowhere to get your new ride "up and running" in no time (hopefully) A big step, first motorcycle a GL1200..??
Questions: was the bike running when you got it or bought as a "do upper"?.....guess you got the battery and starter relay as they were needed?...to remove the front fairing is a big deal so was work needed there?...I guess any info you can give would be good and answers will come with this detail, also perhaps the mileage and any relevant service history if you know it. Often we find that electrical issues are caused by "dodgy" wiring by the PO's, so any info on accessories fitted would be good (if you know). A full manual (downloadable if you wish) is ALWAYS a must, you really need one now.
Look forward to a lot of help and good luck!
Cheers,
Peter.
 

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Good chance if it is not an OEM relay that it is wired differently. If you have a test light or volt meter disconnect the 4 wire plug on the relay and check which 2 terminals on the relay have power. Those should connect to the red and red/white wires. The other 2 go to the red/yellow and green/red.
 

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however you wired the solenoid(relay) it would appear that somehow you have wired the "dogbone" or 30 amp fuse out of the circuit
 

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Thank you very much for the help. I got ignition. I just gottA GET it turned over. It has about 74000 miles.. And my break lights, horn and turn signals seemz to work. So i assume electically its sound. The bike sat for 13 months prior to my possession. Im guessing my next step is to clean carbs and fuel lines?
 

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How do you know it has ignition if you can't get it to turn over?
 

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How do you know it has ignition if you can't get it to turn over?
That expression had me scratching my head some time ago too.

It seems to some turning over = running whereas to me turning over = cranking.
 

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I had intended to say get the bike to crank.. And ignition is fine now. I had wired the relay backwards.. As i said before Im no mechanic by any leaps... So this is a slow process Forsure. Could anyone email me a service manual? [email protected]... Im going to try and return the fairing to the front of Tue bike.. I removed it pretty easy but now miss it.once again i appreciate all the help guys
 
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