Neutral Light Gl 1500


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Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby Winger 99 » Thu May 01, 2014 7:52 pm



I have a 1999SE and noticed bike would not start due to no neutral light . After playing with reverse lever neutral light came on .Put bike in reverse and tried neutarl again but no neutral light again until after playing with reverse lever. Would the problem be at the switch ?



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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 01, 2014 8:21 pm

Yes.if you have to wiggle the lever a few times to get the neutral lamp to light,pull the covers off and inspect the mechanics that operate the switch,the the switch itself.

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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby anwarg » Fri May 02, 2014 12:06 pm

I have a 2003 1500 SE and one boring saturday I decided to strip my baby completely and see where everything is inside. I also removed the reverse lever, cleaned it and put it back. A few days later when I rode for the first time after, I experienced the exact same problem you described. It was my intention to take of the lever again because I did play slightly with its adjustment. But I never got round to doing anything. I got too busy with work and I use my bike to commute. It was a good thing though because the problem simply went away by itself. I did have to do the wiggle as you described for about two weeks but then it just rectified itself.

I suggest you keep on wiggling for about 10 days but do it ever so lightly. With mine I didn't have to go completely back into reverse. Just half way up and then down, half way up and then down. Patience is the key. Treat her like the lady that she is and eventually she'll come right!

Hope this works for you too.

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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby MikeB » Fri May 02, 2014 10:16 pm

I have a 2003 1500 SE ...


Do you mean 1993 1500 SE or perhaps 2000 1500 SE?.
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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby anwarg » Sat May 03, 2014 8:01 am

I really dunno. I checked this out with WingAdmin. He said to look under the right steering and there it says on the metal stamp 2003 Ohio. When I told him this he said that must be the stamp of the frame??? 1500 SE's were made until 2000 so go figure. Surely they wouldn't have made only frames after 2000? Any suggestions?

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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby MikeB » Sat May 03, 2014 8:32 am

I'm confused. 2000 was the last year. I don't know what to say.
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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby Ray Aube » Tue May 19, 2015 5:59 pm

Took my bike out of storage yesterday, drove it home without a problem but when I went to go for a ride that evening, there was no neutral light and the bike wouldn't start. I read the many comments about the reverse lever switch and happily, I was able to resolve the issue WITHOUT disassembling the bike. I removed the lever but that really didn't do much for me so I reinstalled it. I then removed the left hand side covers and by lying on the ground and shining a bright light between the tupperware and the bike's internals, I was able to see the opening on the bottom of the reverse switch. I gave it a good dose of contact cleaner and then worked the lever back and forth a half dozen times, but without success. I then sprayed silicone lube in the general area of the switch. I still had no neutral light but I attempted to start the bike while moving the reverse lever and at one point, the neutral light flashed for a second and then a relay made a noise before all power went dead on the bike. I checked the battery and it was OK (12.8V minimum) so I disconnected the positive terminal, sprayed it with contact cleaner, reconnected the battery and now all is normal with the bike. Thanks Wing Admin and fellow wingnuts for helping me out! Cheers

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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 20, 2015 9:23 am

You might want to plan to replace that reverse switch...because it's only a matter of time (and probably sooner than later) when it fails outright. I just replaced mine for the same reason.

Cyclemax keeps them in stock ($14) because they are such a common failure item: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... 744/188751

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Re: Neutral Light Gl 1500

Postby Ray Aube » Wed May 20, 2015 5:36 pm

I will definitely order a replacement and put it in at first opportunity. Thanks again.




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