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GS550 Electrical Problems.

I've had my bike about a year, and most of the time it has started just fine. Sometime last summer the bike would continue to die and I replaced the rectifier/regulator on the bike. The problem was solved for the year. At this point my bike won't turn over at all. First the starter was spinning but not engaging the engine; my battery has always seemed to hold a very low charge, about 11 Volts, so I thought that was maybe the problem and replaced the battery. Now the starter doesn't even spin! I've been scouring the bike checking connections, general electrical seems to be working so I don't think its grounding out, but I guess I don't know how I determine if the starter is the problem, the solenoid switch (which does click), or where else to go with it. Any help would be appreciated, thanks guys.

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  • Joshua Martin Jul 18, 2013

    It's actually a GS550E. fixya registered it wrong. Don't know how similar/dissimilar these bikes are.


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Try carefully shorting a screw driver accross solenoid the two big nuts with ignition on . try a meter on continuity starter casing to earth

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You have to check the battery cables for corrosion and loose connections , from your description tht of when hitting the starter button you loose all connections thts a typical sympton of loose connection especially on the main wire.
Go through the complete wiring and connections of your bike and spray WD-40 to all connections it will help clean up.

Good luck.

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The clutch safety switch on the handle bars might be bad. I changed mine when I had this problem and had no problems after this. Hope this helps.

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bypass the starter solenoid crossing the 2 bolts, does this turn the starter motor?

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Problems starting my 1980 gs550

Well your friend's solution can be a starting step to try before doing anything else. Good luck.

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