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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-15-2008, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Neutral light/Clutch switch

Does anyone know what would cause the neutral light to no longer work and make you have to squeeze the clutch in to start it? Mine was fine till a few days ago right after I marbled it. I went to start it a day later and the light quit and now can't start it without squeezing the clutch in.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-16-2008, 02:11 AM
 
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Hi James

The bike thinks that it is in gear and needs the clutch pulled in to start, this is one of the bikes protection features, built into the diodes in the junction box.

I would guess that either the neutral switch is not operating or a wiring issue has occured (broken wire, disconnected at a connection point, etc ), best check out the neutral switch circuit with a multimeter or test lamp.

The other possible cause would be something has happened to the diode in the junction box for the neutral switch.

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There is a wire that runs down the back of the motor to a switch on the very bottom or back of the motor. I forget and I am at work. Possibly a green wire. If you pulled it apart it will act like that. More than likely that is your problem. If you cant find it, pm me and I will look when I get home to tell you where it stops and starts, and the color. Good luck

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There's 2 switches that may be the culprit - one goes up to the clutch lever, one goes to the sidestand switch.

I'd be almost certain that it's the wire that goes to the clutch lever (3 wires). With 2 of the wires jumped to eachother the bike will start, but only in neutral. With 3 of the wires jumped to eachother the bike will start in any gear, but the green light will stay on constantly. With 2 jumped the bike will start in any gear and no annoying green light unless in neutral.

Seems like with the other combo of 2 wires the bike just won't start...

Hope that helps? Temporarily bypassing the switch (even shorting the 3 to eachother since you'll be checking the switch) would help see if the clutch lever is suspect...

Myself - I've bypassed both the sidestand and the clutch lever switch... but not all should do so...

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The clutch switch on my bike is bad. I have to start it in neutral. But, my neutral light still works.

I'd guess you may have knocked a wire loose somewhere.


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Thanks guys, I have had more trouble with the wires and juction box. I've only had this since the end of jan. and both the headlight and fan relays are shot, and I have found burnt wires. Now this happened and I'll look for what ya'll said to.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2008, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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I found the green wire and it's broken at the switch on the bottom of the engine. Thanks ya'll!!!

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