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Hi all I'm new to the forum but not to riding. I'm having an issue with the bike starting, i have a 94 1500 GL, Some days it starts no problem others it wont start at all. on the days it won't start it will crank and that's all, its getting fuel/air not 100 percent sure about spark although it has backfired a couple of times, i have checked the relay(s), cut off switch, tried starting it different ways ie neutral/in gear, side stand up. it has hasn't started in over a week now just looking for any help/advice. TY TY
 

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Make sure you battery connections are clean and tight. Is your battery old, new, well charged in good shape, if the battery is weak it will turn over but not start. Do you pull the choke all the way, maybe choke not engaging properly.
 

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Definitely make sure you battery is good and all the connections are clean and tight. Just because it cranks over, it doesn't mean the battery is good.
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I just changed my battery to a gel type. My bike would turn over but not start until I let go of the starter and it would pop right at the end of the starter motor quitting. Now it starts right off.
 

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Had a friend of mine that had a similar problem with his '89. Turns out one of the carbs wasn't letting fuel through. On the 1500 one carb feeds the left bank, and the other feeds the right. They need to be sinc'd (or balanced) to make the bike start and run right.
 

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Welcome to the forum. My friend's 1500 was getting hard to start and when I checked, he wasn't pushing the choke all the way down. I pushed it just about a 1/4" farther and she started right up.
 

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Hey all, Ty for the ideas I broke down and took it to the shop, turns out it is the ignition. They quoted me $950 for parts and labor. they are saying to replace the entire ignition system ie. harness, switch, coils and box. Anyone have any experience with this? if so how hard is it to get done?
 

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Sounds to me like you need to find another shop! ALL the ignition system won't quit at the same time.
 

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The bike is a 94, it's an intermittent problem. I'm somehow suspecting the key switch.
When the bike broke down, was there power to the lights?
Check the main fuse (dog bone shape)?
Check the 'A' relay near the battery?
I cannot see how the entire ignition system would go south as a unit either. +1 on another shop and find one with a Goldwing Specialist.
I will dig into the information a bit more.
 
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