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My 82 GL1100 won't turn over. At first I thought it was solenoid, but replaced it and still does the same thing, the solenoid just clicks when tried to start. I also pulled off the wire from the starter to the solenoid and it is getting spark, I guess my question is could it be anything else but the starter motor?

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  • jameskilljoy Jun 18, 2009

    Yes it was just the battery I didn't to check if it was keeping it's strenth when I tried to turn it over...Thanks!

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F the button in the switchgear for the starter is good, you will get a 12V trigger signal on the solenoid to activate it. If that is there, and the battery voltage stays around 12V when pressing the button, you should hear an audible click from the solenoid, and the starter should turn. You mention battery and starter are new, I assume you mean new, and not used replacements. If you short out the solenoid the starter should spin the engine with or without spark plugs. Shorting the solenoid can be dangerous so be careful, and be sure that what you short the solenoid out with, can carry multiple amps such as a big screwdriver. If it does not spin the motor with the plugs in but will without the plugs, I would suspect the starter is either bad, or the incorrct one for the bike. You can check if the button and solenoid are working by checking for 12V at the starter when the button is pressed. The voltage there should be 11-11.5V during cranking, if not the battery may be too weak. There are Goldwing experts on this forum that may have seen this problem before.

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