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starter safety bypass?
my '86 gl1200 interstate will not start unless the trans is in neutral(clutch in or out). very annoying. can this be bypassed in some way that will not compromise my electrical system?
#1 03-29-2009, 05:08 PM,
Yes....and NO!
Sounds like you have a dirty or faulty clutch switch. You could wire around it, but then the bike would start in any gear regardless of the clutch position. Not too safe. Check your clutch switch, it may just need cleaning.
#2 03-29-2009, 05:13 PM,
I suppose that you could pull the front cover on the engine and rig a bypass on the neutral safety switch or get the wiring diagrams out and bypass the switch in the harness someplace but you would then have a bike that could not pass a safety inspection. You would also be obligated to brief everyone that came near the bike that there was no neutral safety switch or risk a potentially serious accident.
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#3 03-29-2009, 05:19 PM,
I found on one of mine the lever & pin were warn enough that it would not work the switch.

#4 03-29-2009, 06:46 PM,
Welcome to the Site!!

That's not really something I'd bypass!! You'll wanna try to repair/replace the switch!
1985 Limited Edition
#5 03-29-2009, 08:21 PM,
As stated above... Fixing the switch is the way to go... Might just need a good shot of WD40 (or the likes) on the micro switch up on the clutch lever... Possibly it's stuck in the compressed postion...
Ed Zogg
#6 03-31-2009, 06:45 AM,

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