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Just bought a 1990 GL1500 brought it home, it had been sitting in an open garage and had about 1/2 of dust on it. After I washed it, and I had to give it a good bath. Went to start it to pull over next to garage to get it dried and it would not start. It would spin over and as you would release the start button it would hit. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and it was fine. Any ideas? Would hate to be out in big rain and bike quit.
 

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Crack in plug wires or coil..wet makes it short out..someplace in the spark circuit my guess. try it at night and see if you can see the short sparking
 

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Ghost Rider 2 wrote:
Just bought a 1990 GL1500 brought it home, it had been sitting in an open garage and had about 1/2 of dust on it. After I washed it, and I had to give it a good bath. Went to start it to pull over next to garage to get it dried and it would not start. It would spin over and as you would release the start button it would hit. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and it was fine. Any ideas? Would hate to be out in big rain and bike quit.
Sounds more like a low battery.
 

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Wet contacts in Kill Switch area and or Starter Button area.. If so,, probably will never experience again.
 

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Low battery would be my suggestion as mine suffered from that as well. After a wash mine was hard to start and couldn't see a spark at night . Bought 2nd hand coil set and its run fine ever since. Didn't change the coils over, must have just given it a fright...lol
 

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Bike has new battery in it. It spins over fine. Rode to work today iin rain, No problem. It was in the back of my mind though. Not going to get excited unless it happens again. Would have to be a major rain to get the bike as wet as it was when I washed it. It is hard to wash off 1/2 inch of dust and dirt.
 
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