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I have a 1996 GL1500SE that the engine died while going down the highway. The engine did not lock up as the bike was able to coast to the side of the road. When I went to restart the engine, the only thing I got was a click. I have checked the battery and everything seems to be ok as far as power. The dashboard lights work, headlights work and no fuses are blown. I have checked the power to the starter and there is nothing. I checked the power to a box that is located behind the battery box, this is the box that the power going to the starter comes from (not sure what it is?). There is power going in but nothing coming out? Any suggestions?
 

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on the right side of the battery is the starter solnoid, underneath the orange cap is a 30 amp fuse.
 

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on the right handlebar next to the throttle is a little orange switch. It is marked Off, RUN, Off. This is also known as the KILL switch be sure you didn't accidentally move it. I'm not being a wise cracker that happens to lots of us.
 

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I have also checked the kill switch as well. With the kill switch in the off position, the starter would normally engage. It is doing nothing. There is no fire getting to the starter?
 

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Okay this is a long shot, but it happened to me in april. Luckily I was at the Honda dealer so I just rolled it in and had them fix it. What my issue was turned out to be that the ignition switch had worn out. I had to replace the center of the switch, $12.00 parts $75.00 labor.
 

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Make sure that the bolts on your battery are good and tight. I have had the same thing happen to me in my boat. Sometimes the connectors vibrate loose. Then there's just enough contact to let power to the lights and stuff, but when you press the starter the power surge seperates the connections and all you hear is the clicking. The bolts have to be good and tight.
 

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I had the same problem last weekend. My mechanic put in a fresh new battery, pulled a few fuses to take the load off the electrical system, fire it up and told me to ride it 80 miles back to the house. He ordered a new alternator and will get it put in next week. Yeah.
 

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I have tried jumping the motorcycle off with a car battery and still nothing more than a click. The lights are burning strong and voltage seems to be great?
 

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Check the #11 fuse and the #6 relay, swap it for one of the others.
No on the stator thing, a 1500 has a regular alternator and it wouldn't keep it from starting anyway.
 

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Goldwing Rider 1977 wrote:
I have also checked the kill switch as well. With the kill switch in the off position, the starter would normally engage. It is doing nothing. There is no fire getting to the starter?
Is it just me, or shouldn't the kill switch be in the RUN position to work?
 

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I agree with Dave0430, try the relay, I had the same thing happen to me and it was the relay. The clicking I got was in the fuse box area. New relay fixed it.
 

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with kill switch off starter will still operate it just wont fire off.



mark:waving:
 

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Can't remember what clicked, worked etc. but when mine quit it was the tip over switch under passenger seat.
 

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Kick stand switch????? Does it make a difference if you try to start in neutral?
 

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zimmerleemark wrote:
with kill switch off starter will still operate it just wont fire off.



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Mark, they changed that. I don't know what year but my 2000 will do nothing with the kill switch off.
 

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Ok...New day. I have exchanged the relays, checked all the fuses once again and still nothing but a click. I checked the fire on the starter relay located down on the lower right side of the frame near the foot peg. This relay has a blue wire and red wire going to it. I have fire on the blue side which is from the battery when pushing the start button. There is no fire on the red side going to the starter. The are a couple other wires going to this gadget. I still do not understand how this is the problem and why it would shut the bike down while driving down the highway? I have pecked on the tilt switch also. I have tried starting in neutral which should rule out the kick stand switch. In and out of reverse, still nothing.?????? Stumped!
 

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Try disconnecting the bank angle sensor and jumper the red/white wire to the green wire. This will bypass the sensor.
 
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