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Tip for the GL1500 (1993 - 2000)
Ref: Neutral Light

If you are on the road with the following issue........!

You have the transmission in neutral but don't have a neutral light.

Note: No neutral light (with the exception of a burned out bulb) indicates no voltage from the reverse
lever switch to the reverse diode assembly and reverse relay switch (which triggers the relay A).

You have eliminated a battery issue.

You have tried moving the reverse lever up/down a few times with no results (no light).

Note: And you don't have an incline to coast the bike and jump start it in 1st or 2nd gear.

Don't consider yourself stranded....or......call for service just yet.....do the following....!

Check the # 9 start/reverse 5-amp fuse. (Power to the reverse lever switch)

If the fuse is good,

Remove the seat.

Locate the C32 Red 22-pin connector with 22 wires. (At the right rear corner under the seat)

Check for power on the black/white wire at the C32 Red 22-pin connector. There should be power with the reverse lever down. You do carry a test meter OR test light on your bike....right....??

If no power.................

Connect a small jumper wire (about 18 gauge or so) from the positive battery terminal to the black/white wire at the C32 Red 22-pin connector. You do carry a small piece of wire on your bike....right....??

The bike should start and you can continue on home or to a service center.

Then do a permanent repair.

Note 1: Reverse will probably not work (depending on the nature of switch failure) but you can live
without that to get home or to a service center.

Note 2: The reverse lever switch on the (1988 – 1992) has no affect on the starting circuit. It can
affect the reverse operation.
 

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Tip for the GL1500 (1993 - 2000)
Ref: Neutral Light

If you are on the road with the following issue........!

You have the transmission in neutral but don't have a neutral light.

Note: No neutral light (with the exception of a burned out bulb) indicates no voltage from the reverse
lever switch to the reverse diode assembly and reverse relay switch (which triggers the relay A).

You have eliminated a battery issue.

You have tried moving the reverse lever up/down a few times with no results (no light).

Note: And you don't have an incline to coast the bike and jump start it in 1st or 2nd gear.

Don't consider yourself stranded....or......call for service just yet.....do the following....!

Check the # 9 start/reverse 5-amp fuse. (Power to the reverse lever switch)

If the fuse is good,

Remove the seat.

Locate the C32 Red 22-pin connector with 22 wires. (At the right rear corner under the seat)

Check for power on the black/white wire at the C32 Red 22-pin connector. There should be power with the reverse lever down. You do carry a test meter OR test light on your bike....right....??

If no power.................

Connect a small jumper wire (about 18 gauge or so) from the positive battery terminal to the black/white wire at the C32 Red 22-pin connector. You do carry a small piece of wire on your bike....right....??

The bike should start and you can continue on home or to a service center.

Then do a permanent repair.

Note 1: Reverse will probably not work (depending on the nature of switch failure) but you can live
without that to get home or to a service center.

Note 2: The reverse lever switch on the (1988 – 1992) has no affect on the starting circuit. It can
affect the reverse operation.
Hey Dave, that would certainly work, but why not just remove the right side cover over the battery and jump across the Relay A terminals, located just in front of the battery, with a screwdriver or something similar. Seems like it would be easier than removing the seat to put a jumper at the connector. Just be sure the bike is in neutral before jumping that relay, otherwise it will start moving forward and probably be laying on its side before you can stop it.
 

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Hey Dave, that would certainly work, but why not just remove the right side cover over the battery and jump across the Relay A terminals, located just in front of the battery, with a screwdriver or something similar. Seems like it would be easier than removing the seat to put a jumper at the connector. Just be sure the bike is in neutral before jumping that relay, otherwise it will start moving forward and probably be laying on its side before you can stop it.

Hey Bellboy, Jumping the relay A will start the bike ...but....you will not know which component failed. The "reverse lever switch", "reverse diode assembly" or the reverse relay switch. When diagnosing the issue, which one are you going to look at (or check) first.....?? I like trying to "pin point" the issue.....!!
 

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Hey Bellboy, Jumping the relay A will start the bike ...but....you will not know which component failed. The "reverse lever switch", "reverse diode assembly" or the reverse relay switch. When diagnosing the issue, which one are you going to look at (or check) first.....?? I like trying to "pin point" the issue.....!!
Ok Dave, you were troubleshooting the issue. I thought we were just trying to get off the side of the road and back home and then find out what was wrong. No problem. :)
 

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Lot to digest & carry in the mind's depositories of knowledge until-if ever needed. I think I'll try the jumping terminals on Relay A, get home, then look on here?

Thank You Sir! …. :)

Test meter, test light, jumpers?
My dad carried brushes for car generators back in the old days, recall a few times he stopped and helped someone at night. Ours went bad one night, he followed another car for like 50 miles with NO lights on. :D But we got home in time to see Bonanza.
 
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