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We came out of Mt Rushmore and everything was dead. No lights, anything. The battery has 12.53 v, The 40 amp fuse at the solenoid checks good. The red wire at the solenoid has 12.53 v. Is there a second main fuse on these? If so, where? The lady that owns the bike has no knowledge at all, and none of the rest of us have ever worked on a 1500. Everything was working great when we parked. She did leave it in reverse when she shut it down. Taking it out of reverse changed nothing. Any ideas? If so, I'll need instructions. Thanks in advance.
 

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since you say it was left in reverse when parked I would try play with lever and try clutch, kick stand, neutral, kill switch, and ignition
 

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The first thing we looked at was the kill switch. Even if it wasn't on run, we would have dash lights, etc??? We took it out of reverse. It's in neutral. We had it towed to the campground where we're staying, so not stranded at Mt Rushmore. It also has a tow pac on it.
 

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If nothing comes on sounds like a bad battery connection. To test turn key to on (run) and with a screwdriver lightly push into battery cable to terminal of battery. What you are doing is bypassing any corrosion build up behind cable by providing another path for the current from battery. Do both the negative and positive terminals. Any sparking at screwdriver making the connection between cable and battery terminal confirms battery connection failure.

Then go to 55A dogbone fuse to right of battery and check that for any crack that might have developed.
 

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Sounds to me like the battery may be dead. It should be reading about 13.5 volts, 12.5 is low. Can you get it charged somewhere over night and then have it load tested?
 

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I may have found the problem. On all the other GoldWings I've worked on, the red wire at the solenoid goes to the ignition switch. I have 12.53 v at the connection for that wire. 1 inch from there, I have 2v. It's a crimp on connector on the end of the wire. We looking for a connector we can try.
 

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I haven't found a 55a dogbone. I'll look some more. We found a 40a fuse on the solenoid. The battery terminals are clean and tight. 2nd thing we checked.
 

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The dog bone fuse is just to the right of the battery in a small black rectangular box. The cover just snaps on and off. In there, should be a 55 amp dog bone fuse.
 

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Sounds like a plan, that 40A is supposed to be a 30A on the red wire of relay A to the right of battery. So if the 40A was put in to prevent the 30 from blowing there would be a weak spot there now.
 

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Ok, I think I found where the dogbone SHOULD be. The main positive cable comes down from the battery and it has a place where it has been heat shrinked, and it feels like there is a hard wired connection under the heat shrink. I have 12.53 v just past the heat shrink. As far as the battery voltage goes, my 82i just came off the road and has 12.84. 12.53 should be no problem. The battery is only about 3 weeks old. This bike has been bastardized on it's wiring. There is another battery cable back behind the solenoid that is just sitting there. It is probably the original. The bike traveled right at a 1000 miles in the last 2 days from Joplin, MO.
 

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They were probably running with the air conditioning on when they shouldn't have.:)
 

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The owner of the campground had everything needed to replace the connector. We replaced it and when I went to plub it back in to the solenoid, the starter kicked. That was it, one kick. Still nothing working. Let me check the wiring with you.

FUSE
RED/BLUE WIRE - RED WIRE(10g)?
RED/YELLOW - BLACK WIRE
WIRE TO STARTER - LINE TO BATTERY
 

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Here is the start diagram. Does the headlight and all other lights work now.
 

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This is unreal man! I am leaving for Custer state park on my bike from central Illinois Saturday morning for a 3 week vacation out there.

When i read this my heart sank.I sure hope y'all ghet it fixed fairly easy.

For some wierd reason,i wonder if the reverse gear has stuck and the starter is still locked and blowing a fuse.Maybe try pecking on it or rocking the bike to make sure it's free.

Don't make sense the starter kicked-in and quit again and you don't have anything lit-up yet???
 

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The alternator under the left cover has a main charging wire attached to post under boot (if OEM) and is easy to get to, should be HOT at all times if the dog bone fuse and wire are good. It is white in color.
 

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Hey Larry,not tryin to be a smart azz but the kill switch on a 1500 will kind of fool some people.Look at it close....When the pointer is straight with the bars it is OFF!!!!

When that little pointer is at an angle it will be in the RUN postition. Just making sure.

Good luck!
 

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We replaced the connector on the red wire on the solenoid. Still no lights or anything. We've given up for tonight. I'll take the schematic out to the bike in the morning and see what I can figure out. I understand that about the kill switch being different. We both had to look at it twice to make sure it was on run. Anybody know where I can download a manual? I have no clues on the different covers on this thing except for the battery.

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I'll be back on in the morning.
 

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The alternator under the left cover has a main charging wire attached to post under boot (if OEM) and is easy to get to, should be HOT at all times if the dog bone fuse and wire are good. It is white in color.

Make sure to check this too!!!


Here's a place you can download a manual,supposely....http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/Downloads.htm


I got to thinking....MAYBE the reverse switch or starter switch is stuck! When in reverse,and push start button,it will "cut the power off to everything" so the starter can use it all.You said the bike WAS fine and she parked it in REVERSE.Something to take a close look at because you also said when you connected the bad connector..."the starter kicked-in one time".That would indicate to me the start button is charged.






Wish you luck!!! After all is said and done,i need to talk to you about campgrounds and stuff near Custer.We are gonna stay in a tent,pulling a trailer behind the bike next week.Beartooth hwy.Yellowstone,Tetons...5000 mile trip for 24 days.Any info is great,but i know you are busy right now.
 

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How about simply trying another battery in there or otherwise jumping it from another bike?
 

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since no update hope you got it fixed, if not, there is also a 30amp fuse on the round starter solenoid to right of the battery, if that blows you will lose all electrical also... had this happen to me once....check that also....good luck and keep us up to date....and if she used the reverse lever, make sure it was pulled outwards then pushed down and indicator light on dash(R) is off....there is also relays behind left side cover and left saddlebag, if total bike power is still an issue check relay #3, swap it out with another one(air compressor) and see if that fixes it too....#3 relay powers a lot of things on a 1500....
 
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