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will only start in nuetral.....?

Old 11-25-2005, 05:06 PM
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will only start in nuetral.....?

Hi I am a new SH owner, just picked her up a couple days ago. The bike will only start in neutral, instead of just being in first and pulling in the clutch. This is my 8th bike and I have never seen a bike that starts only in neutral. Also I know there have been a lot of questions about oil, how ever I live in central cali where it is in the 60s all the time and I put in mobil 1 20/50, is this ok as long as I treat the clutch nice? Also what is the highest mileage heard of on an SH? The bike runs great it has 42,000 miles on it but when I went to see it i couldnt believe how well it runs. Honda is amazing.
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Old 11-25-2005, 06:30 PM
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perhaps the kickstand switch is malfunctioning... try jumping the switch.
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Old 11-25-2005, 06:36 PM
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The bike will not run if the side stand is down (or thinks its down) while the bike is in gear.

Another part of this lockout loop is the clutch switch. It could be loose or dirty. Remove it and give it a good shot of wd40 and clean it up.
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Old 11-26-2005, 01:16 AM
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Just to clarify (as this problem is afflicting my SHawk too), the clutch switch is the part that gets pressed in when the lever is pulled...?
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Re: will only start in nuetral.....?

Yes
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Old 11-26-2005, 09:42 AM
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Thank you.
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Old 11-26-2005, 10:40 AM
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Re: will only start in nuetral.....?

I'm sorry so the clutch switch is where?
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Old 11-26-2005, 05:49 PM
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It's activated by the lever and makes the clicky sound you hear with the engine off when you pull the lever in. It's underneath the perch (holder). One screw holds it in. The two wires are usually hard to get off so I don't and just squirt the wd40 in any hole and around the actuating pin and work the lubricate in.

If the screw is loose, then the switch may be misadjusted and therefore sending a "clutch engaged" signal all the time.
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:24 PM
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Re: will only start in nuetral.....?

turns out I just needed to adjust my clutch lever. It wasn't letting the switch work properly.
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Re: will only start in nuetral.....?

so it will allow you to start it with the clutch pulled in?? hmmm i need to check mine...
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Old 12-02-2005, 07:38 PM
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yeah it works now I just adjusted the lever untill I heard the clicky sound. I figured it out after cleaning it and finding out there was nothing wrong with it.
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Mine is doing the same thing. The clutch switch and the wires up to the main harness are good.

Could this be a malfunctioning side stand or more likely a break in the clutch switch wire in the main harness?
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Mine is doing the same thing. The clutch switch and the wires up to the main harness are good.

Could this be a malfunctioning side stand or more likely a break in the clutch switch wire in the main harness?
By good.. do you mean they "look
" good.. Or you put a meter on them and know they are good?

Troubleshooting anything, but most importantly electrical faults,, have to be done methodically, and without skipping steps. Otherwise you will chase your tail,, replace unneeded parts,, and still have the problem.

Confirm the switch is working with an ohm meter, confirm the wiring all the way to the connectors does not have an open. Is your no start an intermentant deal? Or always?
I checked the circuits with an ohm meter. The problem isn't intermittent, it has never started in gear with the clutch in. The main harness looks good but I haven't tracked the wires down yet.
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