I have an 84 Goldwing Interstate 1200, I turn the key on and nothing no lights no power. I though the battery might be dead but the radio works when I turn it on. Just no power any where else. Thanks for any help. James
You should be able to get an ignition switch from honda direct if you really need one. But I would be sure what my problem is before buying parts. How long since the bike was running?
I would take off the battery connections, clean them, give the battery a good charge, and see if that does anything first. The ignition switch will usually show signs before going completely out, try wiggling the key to see if it contacts.
I had a similar issue on my 84 1200A. It ended up being the ignition switch. there was a recall for this problem. The bike would just quit without warning. All fuses were good. It got progressively worse, to the point I could not get the bike to start unless the key was in the "right spot" on the contacts. If you pursue this to try and get a replacement part thru the recall you will need your frame number to see if you are eligible. Mine was not. I went to 2 different dealers and they were not very helpful. Needless to say, I just bought the replacement ($100) and have had no problems since. To get at the switch it is easiest to remove the headlight assy and windshield. While you are at it clean all the contacts on the connectors back there too. Worth the extra effort and not too difficult or time consuming.
Well I just took the glass fuse out back there beside the battery and tested the link when I turn the switch on theres power going there. Is that the dogbone fuse your talking about. Or is there a nother fuse that I'm missing. Thanks for all the help James
I had the exact same problem with my '83 Aspy. The ignition switch was the culprit. I sprayed the everliving s*&t out of the switch, through the key slot without removing the switch. The switch came back to life. I was able to find a NOS ignition switch that I am keeping ready, but the old one is still working after the WD-40 bath. I took an ignition switch apart and they really are built well. A bath after 25 years worked!
Remove fuse. Put a meter lead on each end of the fuse. Set to Rx1 and if needle moves to far right the fuse is good. If it does not move the fuse is bad. Since you have power to the radio I am leaning towards the ignition switch. Try turning the key to the "high" spot on the contacts before it goes all the way to the run position. If you go slow enough the headlight should come on or blink. This would indicate the contact inside the switch is worn or burnt enough to stop the juice from flowing. These were the symptoms I had, once I understood what was happening it made sense. This was also the basis for the ignition switch recall. Why my bike was not covered I do not know but it is worth a try and other members have had sucess getting Honda to replace the switch. This happened to me 2 yrs ago. I can check to see if I still have recall info and can forward to you if you like so you can see if your bike is covered.
Ok the dogbone fuse was shot replaced it with a inline fuse showing power between where the dogbone was with the switch on. Could it be the solenoid itself and how do you check them. Thanks for all the help James
I'm really not sure, today I took a few connecters loose to clean them they looked bad. The dogbone fuse fell into about four pieces when I took it loose. The ground wire was really bad getting ready to change it out. Thanks for all the help James