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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-28-2014, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone had the Neutral light show up every time you pull in the clutch??? Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this?

So far I have tried checking connections all look good.
Clutch adjustment in a great spot and shifts smooth.

So as long as I hold in the clutch the neutral light stays on... Bike has been sitting for a couple weeks while I was on a trip for work came back to a bad starter solenoid which I knew was going out so replaced that and everything is good on that end just that darn neutral light.

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Has anyone had the Neutral light show up every time you pull in the clutch??? Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this?

So far I have tried checking connections all look good.
Clutch adjustment in a great spot and shifts smooth.

So as long as I hold in the clutch the neutral light stays on... Bike has been sitting for a couple weeks while I was on a trip for work came back to a bad starter solenoid which I knew was going out so replaced that and everything is good on that end just that darn neutral light.
Slightly off topic, but what were your clues that your starter solenoid was failing?

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Slightly off topic, but what were your clues that your starter solenoid was failing?
When I press the start button you can hear the COIL attempting to pull in and stay but it rattles. After checking the connections I deemed it was bad. Replaced it and now starts up fast just like new.

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When I press the start button you can hear the COIL attempting to pull in and stay but it rattles. After checking the connections I deemed it was bad. Replaced it and now starts up fast just like new.
Thanks.

I have noticed that occasionally I will push the starter button and get nothing. Push it again and it fires up. Been playing with it to see if it matters "how" I push it (pressure down, up, on tip, etc.) as I am assuming I have a switch that is not contacting all the time. Can't seem to get a consistent way that causes it not to connect.

Looked inside the housing and can't tell if I can replace JUST the switch or if I need to replace the whole housing.

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I have noticed that occasionally I will push the starter button and get nothing. Push it again and it fires up. Been playing with it to see if it matters "how" I push it (pressure down, up, on tip, etc.) as I am assuming I have a switch that is not contacting all the time. Can't seem to get a consistent way that causes it not to connect.

Looked inside the housing and can't tell if I can replace JUST the switch or if I need to replace the whole housing.
I would start with the solenoid its 14 bucks on amazon. Also what you are describing was an issues i was seeing as well. Your switch is probably fine. Also check the starter connections. I have found them loose before.

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Has anyone had the Neutral light show up every time you pull in the clutch??? Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this?

So far I have tried checking connections all look good.
Clutch adjustment in a great spot and shifts smooth.

So as long as I hold in the clutch the neutral light stays on... Bike has been sitting for a couple weeks while I was on a trip for work came back to a bad starter solenoid which I knew was going out so replaced that and everything is good on that end just that darn neutral light.
I would think that it could be a grounding issue.
It would seem they are unrelated systems so the one thing they would have in common is they both use a ground.

Does the neutral light work right in neutral?

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I would think that it could be a grounding issue.
It would seem they are unrelated systems so the one thing they would have in common is they both use a ground.

Does the neutral light work right in neutral?
Yes it works just fine in neutral. You might be on to something with grounding issues... It only happens to light when clutch is pulled in. I might start by disconnecting that switch at the clutch.

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Post your results please. I am interested in the outcome
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Yes it works just fine in neutral. You might be on to something with grounding issues... It only happens to light when clutch is pulled in. I might start by disconnecting that switch at the clutch.
Here is another thought.
Make up a long jumper cable 5 ft long with a pair of alligator clips on it.
Try to get the ones that are able to open up quite far, something like this works really good.


But if those aren't handy anything will work. The wire can be almost anything 16 gauge is fine.

Pull your battery cover and hook right to the negative terminal of the battery and go to anything that you are in doubt is grounded.
Since the neutral indicator switch is on the engine go to a good clean bolt in the engine and see if your problem disappears.
Most aluminum is clear powder coated for corrosion protection so you will have to remove the powder coat to get a bare spot. Unlike a bolt that generally is plated and conducts electricity.

You can move it around to other places like the instrument display grounding terminal and see if that helps.

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Post your results please. I am interested in the outcome
Okay so unplugging the clutch switch solved my issue no more neutral light when I'm shifting.

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