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Postby punch7 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:21 pm



...and I thought for sure there would be info on how to make my GL1500 start while in gear. I'm tired of having to go to neutral to crank the bike every time, especially when stalled and at a traffic light. That doesn't make for good public relations with cagers at all! I don't remember my '98 Wing requiring going to neutral to crank. What's the simple solution to fix my problem without creating another problem?



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Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:50 pm

Pull in the clutch and she should start if not you have an issue with the clutch circuit telling the starter circuit it's OK to turn..at least that's how it work om my 97.
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Postby NVSB4 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:53 pm

There is a thread on that here
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Postby raven41951 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:56 pm

First, this post appeared 40 minutes into the future. No problem with speed here!
Now to the subject. My 94 SE starts in any gear as long as you pull in the clutch lever. Make sure the kick stand is up as it will not start period with the stand down.

If it does not start, I would check the switch at the lever to make sure it is cycling on/off when you use the lever. There has been discussion on this in the past, but this seems to be your issue.

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Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:59 pm

Yep, like others have said, if it doesn't when you pull in the clutch (and assuming the side stand is up), then you more than likely have one of two problems:

- Clutch switch failed. This is a common failure item. Cyclemax keeps them in stock for $12: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/clutch_ ... ch_/198261

- Large handgrips. Some people who have put large, aftermarket handgrips on (especially foam ones) find that the clutch lever no longer travels far enough to engage the clutch switch, because the lever contacts the handgrip before the switch closes.

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Postby RoadRogue » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:33 pm

Sometimes the switch can be good but the pivot bushing is worn, check for sloppiness that prevents the switch from working properly 8-)
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Postby punch7 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:17 pm

Sorry for not having replied before now, thanking each of you for your possible solutions. I'll read them in depth tomorrow morning and see what may work. And, I DO appreciate your responses.

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Postby OldZX11Rider » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:55 pm

I was wondering if anyone else finds all these excess switches a pain in the posterior?
I don't recall having any of these things on my bikes from the 60's, 70's, or even on some of my 80's model bikes and none have as many as a Goldwing.
Riders, bikers, motorcyclists whatever you call yourself used to know and remember when to use the clutch, put the kickstand up, put it in neutral for this or that.
Not complaining about progress, but are all these extra switches necessary?
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Postby joeincalif » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:39 am

These EXTRA SWITCHES are mostly safety devices.
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:58 am

I realize they're mostly safety related, but shouldn't we, as the operators, just "know" whatever it is the switch is protecting us from?
I agree some are great. I don't ever want to take off with my sidestand down, again. But it seems there are so many of these switches.
And when they get older and start failing, it can make you pull your hair out trying to figure out what's wrong.
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Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:54 pm

But humans aren't perfect. You might "know" what is up or down or whatever, but then when you are distracted, or tired, or whatever...you forget about that kickstand being down, and then look down in horror as you're going 70 mph down the highway and realize your kickstand is down.

And yes, that happened to me on my GL1100. Fortunately I got stopped and put it up without it hitting the ground and tossing my bike. I know there is a user here who was thrown from his bike for the exact same reason.

Same reason there are automated systems on airplanes. An airplane I used to fly quite a bit, if you slowed down below a certain speed without lowering the landing gear, it would do it for you, to prevent you from a gear-up landing (a common problem on retractable gear aircraft). You could override this system for training or emergencies (if your engine fails, you don't want your gear hanging down while you're trying to stretch your glide to the airport), but when it was overridden, you had a light flashing in your face reminding you that it was overridden.

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Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:18 pm

Well, is there no such thing as too many safety switches?
(I'm beginning to think I stepped in it and now I can't go in the house.) :lol:


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