Gear position switch


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Tony Pope
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Gear position switch

Postby Tony Pope » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:42 pm



A while back I had an intermittent problem with the failure of the neutral light so not allowing a start which I rectified for around 8 months ago. I now have a permanant problem which I cannot trace. I have completed all the tests in accordance with the Haynes manual and no problem can be found. I cannot find the sensor nor the switch as this manual is thin on the ground re this switch and sensor. The bike is a 1997 SE 1500. Any suggestions? Cheers - Tony Pope.



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Re: Gear position switch

Postby robb » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:45 pm

Had a similar problem with my 89 after it sat for 2 years. An old 1200 wing rider ask if he could have a try. He began to ratchet the reverse lever very rapidly for a minute or so. Neutral light came on and have not had that problem again.

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Re: Gear position switch

Postby Tony Pope » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:00 pm

Thanks Rob - I have rectified it for now, but I will give your suggestion a go. The problem is either a sticky reverse or gear position switch.

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Re: Gear position switch

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:09 pm

The reverse switch (engaged when the reverse lever is disengaged) is famous for failing/going out of spec and causing the bike not to start.

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Re: Gear position switch

Postby Tony Pope » Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:29 pm

Thanks for that. I will check both gear position and reverse. I am having difficulty in finding the sensors as the manual is not very descriptive on this. Cheers - Tony.




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