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:waving:HI, great site, I have a problem with a clicking when I try to start my 1100 ,new battery in may 09,hadn't ridden in a month battery is 12. 8 volts will not engage starter. Any thoughts:?Thanks
 

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Make sure the engine will turn by putting the bike on the center stand, put in high gear and turn the rear wheel. A cylinder may have gotten filled with fuel while sitting and have a hydrostatic lock. If it will turn then check for voltage at the starter terminal, you should have at least 10 volts when you push the start button.
 

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Hey man, welcome to the Forum. Is the starter motor turning or is there silence when you go for start. If you don't heat the start relay at least, then you have no voltage getting to the relay which is behind the left panel just forward of the left saddlebag.
 

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Also be sure that you try starting in neutral.

If sitting for a while the clutches may not be completely disengaging causing the engine to drag on the starter.

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Welcome from the state of Pennsylvania!:action:







 

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This just started happening to me last week.

It turned out to be the starter, it had thrown its soldier & was fighting to get voltage

As the brushes were still good, I was able to repair it without cost :cool:

Not difficult to remove starter or re-assemble, check back here for tips if unsure...

Very good step by step on starter rebuild on this forum, go to faqs forum or do

the index A-Z search... Good Luck

P.S. Welcome to the Forum from MN !!! :waving:
 

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Welcome to the forum, great place to be. I also have a 1100 Standard and had the same problem. Fix for me was a new starter.
 

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I had a very similar problem with an '81 Interstate. It just clicked but the starter wouldn't turn. After sending off for a new starter I discovered that the left side cylinders were fluid-locked. I just removed the left side spark plugs, ran the starter for a few seconds, replaced the plugs, and no more problem. This can happen whenever the bike is left on its side stand for a couple of months or more.



When running the starter with the plugs out, try having your mother-in-law stand next to the bike. This doesn't fix the problem any quicker, but it gives you a good reason to jump on for a quick ride.
 

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coachk64 wrote:
When running the starter with the plugs out, try having your mother-in-law stand next to the bike. This doesn't fix the problem any quicker, but it gives you a good reason to jump on for a quick ride.
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coachk64 wrote:
I had a very similar problem with an '81 Interstate. It just clicked but the starter wouldn't turn. After sending off for a new starter I discovered that the left side cylinders were fluid-locked. I just removed the left side spark plugs, ran the starter for a few seconds, replaced the plugs, and no more problem. This can happen whenever the bike is left on its side stand for a couple of months or more.

IF you do this ....BE SURE the KILL switch on the handle bar is in the OFF position . You dont want fuel spraying out the plug holes to ignite from the plug wires nearby sparking .





Also you might check the "DogBone" fuse next to the battery . This is a main fuse and can become brittle over the years . Many of us replace this fuse with an inline blade type fuse/fuse holder .
 

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first find the starter solinoid its behind the left side cover.on the top there are 2 large cables. get an old screwdriver, turn the key on, then touch the two large terminals together. If the battery is good it should crank over like normal.That would tell me the solinoid is shot/stuck.
 

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Sounds simple, but when you check for hydrolock in the cylinders, be sure you or your helper does not look directly into the spark plug holes......

it was the wife, not me, who got gas in the face when I hit the starter.....yes, she's finally speaking to me.

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it was the wife, not me, who got gas in the face when I hit the starter.....yes, she's finally speaking to me.

Byron
If it wasn't so serious, it sounds funny. Did you enjoy the silence? How about the ride? You didn't say the gas ignited. You were very very fortunate or had hit the kill switch.

Sledhed11, welcome to the forum!

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OnaWingandaPrayer wrote:
coachk64 wrote:
I just removed the left side spark plugs, ran the starter for a few seconds, replaced the plugs, and no more problem.

IF you do this ....BE SURE the KILL switch on the handle bar is in the OFF position . You dont want fuel spraying out the plug holes to ignite from the plug wires nearby sparking .
That's why a lot of different people are involved in this forum. I never thought about the kill switch so I've been lucky a couple of times. Some of us know just enough to be dangerous. Thanks for looking our for us Wingandaprayer.
 

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coachk64 wrote:
I had a very similar problem with an '81 Interstate. It just clicked but the starter wouldn't turn. After sending off for a new starter I discovered that the left side cylinders were fluid-locked. I just removed the left side spark plugs, ran the starter for a few seconds, replaced the plugs, and no more problem. This can happen whenever the bike is left on its side stand for a couple of months or more.



When running the starter with the plugs out, try having your mother-in-law stand next to the bike. This doesn't fix the problem any quicker, but it gives you a good reason to jump on for a quick ride.
:waving:Leaving the bike on the side stand will not cause any problems if the fuel valve is in the off position. The only thing that might happen when left on the side stand for several days is it might smoke a little on startup but this is normal. I've left my GL1100 on the side stand at times but I always turn the fuel valve to the off position so I've never had a problem.
 

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Welcome to the Forum from Kansas!!! :waving:

I hope you find the Forum as informative and as much fun as we do!!:cooldevil:

Again, Welcome Aboard!! :action:
 

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Thanx for the welcome and the leads,I'll try these tomorrow and report back:waving:I really appreciate the help, I've had this bike a year and a half and love the ride and don't mind tweaking on it, but like to narrow down the field before I get her torn down too far. Ride Free!
 

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Big Cahuna wrote:
first find the starter solinoid its behind the left side cover.on the top there are 2 large cables. get an old screwdriver, turn the key on, then touch the two large terminals together. If the battery is good it should crank over like normal.That would tell me the solinoid is shot/stuck.
I am having same problem I hit start button and just a single click. Cycle was running the day before. Battery fully charged and plenty of gas. Read the other suggestions and then yours. I dont see any large cables at the top of the battery to place screwdriver on. I see a square thing to the right at the bottom of the battery with two nuts. Placed screwdriver on top of them and had cylce turned on,, nothing happened. Please advise.
 

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Welcome to this wonderful forum from Oklahoma. If not hydro locked, make sure the battery has a full charge, it may read 12.8 volts, but not be fully charged.
 

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