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This is weird.. about 3 weeks ago, I went to start the bike, turned the key "on", pressed the starter button and she turned over as usual. It had been sitting for a bit, so it didn't start on the first try, on the second attempt, when I pressed the start button, it would not turn over and the left side instrument warning lights and the headlight went out. I turned the key off and then back on. Same thing the headlight and left warning lights were out (high beam, side stand and neutral lights) I found that the fuse for the "tail lights" was burned. I replaced it and the bike started right up. I rode it about 10 times since this instance and had no problems. It has been sitting for about 2 1/2 weeks now. I just went and started her up, first try, pulled her out of the garage, let her warm up for about 5 mins, then turned her off while I cleaned the windshield. When I went to start the bike up again, as soon as I turned the key, the lights went out again and would not start. The same fuse blew again (tail light). I have tried 6 fuses and all have blown within 2 sec. including a 20 amp fuse. (normal was 15 amp). I then proceeded to un-plug the factory connections at the trunk and tail lights on both sides in the rear. Still blew another fuse. I then un-plugged the 2 large plugs located under the passenger part of the seat.(not sure if these even go to the tail lights). BLEW ANOTHER FUSE !! ....SOMEONE HELP !!! :?:X:?
 

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Hi Gaspredator,

Obviously you're on the right track. Something is grounding out would be my guess too. But just because it's the taillight fuse, doesn't mean the short is in the rear of the bike.

Ifit blows a 20 amp fuse, it must be a doozie.
 

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Check to see if the brake pedal switch isn't shorting to ground. i had the same problem on a 750 some years ago on a trip to Daytona Beach.
 

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You don't say what year your GL 1500 is.
I am looking at the Honda 1989 GL 1500 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual.

Fuses are counted down from top to bottom in the Fuse/Relay Box. I think you are talking about the #8 Tail, 15 amp, fuse. If so,I don't think thatthe Brake Pedal Switchis the problem. The Brake Pedal Switch would blow the #11 Horn/Turn fuse, 15 amp.

Connect an Ohm Meter to the load side of the fuse connection (no fuse installed)so you can see when the short to ground is gone as you unplug stuff. Might try pulling the Highand Low beam Headlight Relays out of the Fuse Relay Box first. They get power to energize from the #8 fuse.

My Manual shows that the #8 Tail fuse supplies power to: Accessory lights; instrument panel gauges; instrument panel indicators; cornering lights; headlight relays; license plate light; position lights; side marker lights; tail lights; reverse system control.
 

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Put a light bulb where the blown fuse is then start moving wires/connectors. When the light goes off you found the problem. You get the idea.....

 
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