First bike trying to restore

Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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First bike trying to restore

Post by smokedog51 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:01 am


I am a recent retired army veteran who got out of cycling for 25 plus years and just bought an 1980 1100I and trying to restore her. First problem she was started by previous owner with a screwdriver over the solenoid. The neutral safety switch was disconnected and the wiring harness has been cut up and hillbilly reconstructed. I am starting complete teardown. I have completed after reading the diy how to pages; seat removal,fairing removal,false tank removal,rollover bars and exhaust removal. I have also completed saddlebag/hardware ,trunk rack removal. Question how do yo replace the neutral safety switch and wire it up.

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Re: First bike trying to restore

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:35 am

There are actually 2 neutral safety switches involved in the starting system.One is the switch in the front of the engine behind the oil filter lights up the neutral light.The second one is on the clutch lever assembly,essentially a "in gear start"bypass switch.

There is a blocking diode in the circuit to separate the two circuits.It hangs off the main harness,about 1/2" square and 1" long,it pushes on a 2 wire plug.If its OPEN or in backwards,it wont start in neutral,if its shorted the clutch lever switch will turn on the neutral light,if its in backwards,only the clutch switch will allow cranking.

Which switch do you need "wired up" ?
I've add a schematic to help identify the wiring.

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