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My 1990 GL 1500SE has developed a problem with the neutral light/switch? I have never had any problem starting the bike but I was on a three day trip andI stopped the bike on a very slight grade at a service station. Like an idiot, I left it in neutral and you can probably guess the rest of the story. It rolled forward off the stand and crashed against the 6 inch metal pipe guarding the gas pump. It busted a 2 inch hole in the corner of the fairing and pushed the fairing slightly over to the right. I am sick of my stupidity, and I really don'tsee how this can be related to the starting problem, BUT later on in the dayI had troublegetting the neutral light to light up andwas unable to start the bike until I got the light to work. The bike would be in neutral but would not start unless the light was on even when I pulled in the clutch lever?Coming home Ihad to roll it off a couple of times until I took a short wire and jumpered the battery directly to the starter contact if I couldn't get the light to work. (When I got home I found out that the lever was not pushing the switch enough so I can start it now by holding in the clutch lever if the light does not come on) I am thinking maybe a bad gear indicator, loose wires, or ??? Any other suggestions? Thanks



Just checked it again and it WILL NOT start with clutch lever pulled in?It still starts with a battery wire directly to starter so I feel starter is OK. I checked clutch switch with an ohmmeter and it is working correctly: also shorted wires together and would not start? Evidently whatever the problem is, itis intermittent which makes it harder to find?
 

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The problem may be the reverse diode assembly (below right side of the trunk) or related wiring. It is probably not related to the incident.
 

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DaveO430 wrote:
The problem may be the reverse diode assembly (below right side of the trunk) or related wiring. It is probably not related to the incident.
I didn't think so either but I talked to the Honda Dealer in Bedford (M & E Honda) and he asked me which side it fell on. I told him that it fell over to the left side and he said there was some wiring related to the neutral light on that side and he knew of a few cases where a 'drop' to the left side did affect the neutral starting interlock. He said a wire might have been pinched or cut or that a connection might have been partially separated?I do know that I never hadthis problem before and if I had the problem I would never have taken the trip until I had it repaired.
 

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There is one connector on the left side by the fuel tank that may be involved 3 pin red connector on a bracket with several other small connectors. pretty much everything else is on the right side.
 

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Behind the reverse lever is a neutral safety switch, same as you have on your clutch lever and side stand. It may have come loose or misaligned from the jolt.With the ignition on move and or wiggle the lever and see if the neutral light comes on, and that the bike starts. You may need to remove the switch for a proper inspection, (not difficult)and or cleaning. Mine got gummed up recently and gave me the same grief. A little WD40 fixed it right up.
 

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DaveO430 wrote:
There is one connector on the left side by the fuel tank that may be involved 3 pin red connector on a bracket with several other small connectors. pretty much everything else is on the right side.
Thanks I'll try that if I can find it? Do you need to take off the top shelter to access the con,nector?
 

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Behind the reverse lever is a neutral safety switch, same as you have on your clutch lever and side stand. It may have come loose or misaligned from the jolt.With the ignition on move and or wiggle the lever and see if the neutral light comes on, and that the bike starts. You may need to remove the switch for a proper inspection, (not difficult)and or cleaning. Mine got gummed up recently and gave me the same grief. A little WQD40 fixed it right up.
Now that makes sense, I'll try that too. I don't remember for sure but I think that I am getting the amber reverse light "R"when I switch the key on and the green Neutral Light does not light up. I don't remember if it came on momentarily before or not? Thanks
 
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