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HISTORY: Here is what happened last summer. The goldwing interstate 1200 (1985) ran fine. I stoped to eat and it would not start, turned over fine, but backfired loud, several times. after setting a hour, it started, stopped for gas, it started fine again. Brought it home and it would not restart - same thing. I took the plugs out and replaced them, it fired off real nice, and ran nice. The next time it did the same thing, this year the same - won't start, backfires. I was told the electrical system might be the stinker. They said the points or possible the condenser. I'm looking at the book and I do not see the points or condenser (wiring diagram) - where would they be located and could they be listed as ignition control unit, or ignition coils? I had taken the timing cover off and checked the pulse Generators and the timing marks where in the proper marks, I put it back together and ti started again - real nicely........ now the and thing no start and backfires.

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My 1975 goldwing ran fine until, pulled into the driveway, ran into the house to get my wallet came back out, did not start, no spark.

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Hi, they used points and condensors on the very early gl1000' but your model has electronic ignition and does not use points and condensors, more the pitty in the old days you had points condensors and ignition coils, if you had a problem it was far easyer to trace the fault, but now with pulse generators etc its more difficult to diagnose without diagnostic equiptment, and to expensive to re

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