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Hopefully this is something simple.

I own a 2007 Victory Ness Jackpot. A few weeks ago my battery was dead so I ran cables from my NON-running truck to the bike battery to start it up. Started up fine and ran good. Two days later I went to start it again, it started fine but ran with a lot of backfiring. I also noticed the bike didn't start unless I pulled the clutch in even though it was in neutral. Tried to ride it around the block and the neutral light would stay on very dimly in 1st. Brought it back to garage and shut it down. Called bike shop (nearest one 3 hours away) and scheduled to bring it in.

In the end I changed the battery and spark plugs. It runs fine now except the same problem occurs with the starting in neutral. The I have to pull the clutch in. I can let the clutch out after it starts. neutral light does go off completely now once it is in a running gear. The mentioned it at the bike shop but figured it is something I can probably fix on my own so I told them not to worry about it.

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You could bypass the neutral safety switch but that may completely diasble the neutral light. I would suggest giving it a try and if it doesn't work right then try installing a new switch.

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Hopefully this is something simple.

I own a 2007 Victory Ness Jackpot. A few weeks ago my battery was dead so I ran cables from my NON-running truck to the bike battery to start it up. Started up fine and ran good. Two days later I went to start it again, it started fine but ran with a lot of backfiring. I also noticed the bike didn't start unless I pulled the clutch in even though it was in neutral. Tried to ride it around the block and the neutral light would stay on very dimly in 1st. Brought it back to garage and shut it down. Called bike shop (nearest one 3 hours away) and scheduled to bring it in.

In the end I changed the battery and spark plugs. It runs fine now except the same problem occurs with the starting in neutral. The I have to pull the clutch in. I can let the clutch out after it starts. neutral light does go off completely now once it is in a running gear. The mentioned it at the bike shop but figured it is something I can probably fix on my own so I told them not to worry about it.

Any ideas?

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Do not believe it is the switch....but I could be wrong. Possibly the ACM.

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Do not believe it is the switch....but I could be wrong. Possibly the ACM.
Does the ACM involved the starting in Neutral with the clutch out and not in? I read you posted somewhere else it does a lot more than control the turn signals. My turn signals work fine and the neutral light works correctly now again as well. The only issue is won't start in neutral with the cluch out.

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You could bypass the neutral safety switch but that may completely diasble the neutral light. I would suggest giving it a try and if it doesn't work right then try installing a new switch.
Call me a noob, but where is the NSS located? I can't seem to find a reference to it anywhere. I know there is the starter interlock switch (I think!).

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Does the ACM involved the starting in Neutral with the clutch out and not in? I read you posted somewhere else it does a lot more than control the turn signals. My turn signals work fine and the neutral light works correctly now again as well. The only issue is won't start in neutral with the cluch out.

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Neutral safety circuit runs through it. Neutral safety switch itself is located by front drive pulley. Check to see if any plugs or wires from it up are disconnected.

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Neutral safety circuit runs through it. Neutral safety switch itself is located by front drive pulley. Check to see if any plugs or wires from it up are disconnected.
I looked at the wires underneath and around the front pulley. They are all hooked up, none are cut or torn, so what next?

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Make sure that the cable underneath the left switch housing is not sorted or unplugged. That will cause that.

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Make sure that the cable underneath the left switch housing is not sorted or unplugged. That will cause that.

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Can you direct me where you are talking about? I appreciate it!

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Ed,

Left side, RIGHT UNDER the clutch lever where you'll see all the wiring going into the switch housing...you'll see a BLACK PLUG. Make sure it is well SEATED or even plugged in. Mine was unplugged and acted just like yours is doing...luckily, I found it just dangling...they forgot to plug it in at all when the messed with my switch housing.

That may not be it...but it is TOO SIMPLE not to check first.

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