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Clutch safety switch was the culprit.

I recently replaced my handlebars and went for a ride afterwards. Rode great until I tried restarting it, nothing happened. Had all my lights horn, etc but it wouldnt start. I had it on a charger all night, came out in the morning and it started right up. Thought it could be a r/r but I removed the bars ( didnt like em ) put the stock bars on and it was dead again. Though I had a short somewhere until further investigation proved a faulty clutch safety switch. If anyone has a spare functional one please pm me. It works great now if I tug on the wires while trying to start it or rap on it but I dont like working like that.
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Unless you are a complete beginner, I strongly recommend removing both the clutch safety switch and the sidestand safety switch. I have removed them from every single bike I have ever owned that had them. They are just something else to go wrong, and yeah, if you always ride around with tools, tape, wire nuts, etc. and a multimeter, you can check and bypass the things on the side of the road, I just did it the easy way. Jerry.

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My clutch safety switch is fubarred too. I just have to be sure I'm in neutral to start the bike.


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So how do I bypass them ? It won't start with it simply unplugged and will it still pass inspection w/o them ?
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The switches are there for your own safety, and I do not recommend bypassing them. Just replace the faulty switch. If you think it is too expensive, it is also possible to open it up and clean thoroughly + add some dielectric grease.
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I can't. The little tab is broken off
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I agree with pappa. Do NOT bypass the clutch or sidestand SAFETY switches. As Hyper suggested, start in neutral until you get the clutch switch fixed. A faulty sidestand switch should be jumpered only on a temporary basis until it can be fixed ASAP.

Reasons for not defeating safety switches:
* Even experienced riders have an occasional "brain fart" (or senior moment in my case.) Under stressful situations, stalling in traffic, or when you have to change your routine in the middle of parking or starting out. You might be OK 99.9% of the time without the safety switches, but it only takes once to ruin yoiur day - or worse.

* Someone else may ride your bike. Even if you "never" let someone else ride your bike, there may just be that exception (or emergency situation). You certainly wouldn't want to cause injury to someone else because you bypassed safety switches.

* Liability. Just one more excuse for insurance companies to deny a claim.

The clutch and sidestand switches are pretty reliable. In all my years of riding many different bikes, I have never had a failure. And there have been a couple of occasions when these interlocks have kept me from doing something stupid.

It is also a good idea to test these safety interlocks periodically to make sure they are working.

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I agree with most here not to bypass, but until you get a new switch you can temperarily bypass the switch by connecting both wires together.
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I agree with most here not to bypass, but until you get a new switch you can temperarily bypass the switch by connecting both wires together.
Someone is going to say it!! But it has three wires. LOL


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It is of course every bike owners decision about what to do or not to do. Personally, I don't need no stinkin safety switches. If you want to keep them, that's fine too. If you do get rid of them, if I remember correctly, you have to connect the wires together to complete the circuit so the bike will start. Jerry.

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