99 GL1500SE Starting Issue/Reverse Issue

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99 GL1500SE Starting Issue/Reverse Issue

Post by owend » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:43 pm

I have a 99 GL1500 SE that recently has had issues starting. When attempting to crank while in Neutral, if the Nuetral light does not come on, the bike doesn't start. When the Nuetral light comes on it cranks fine. And yes, I have checked to make sure it is in nuetral each time. I am suspecting a wiring issue but I am not sure. The battery is new so I don't think this is it. I also have the same problem with getting the reverse to engage. Sometime it does, sometime it doesn't. Does anyone have any experience with issues like this?

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Re: 99 GL1500SE Starting Issue/Reverse Issue

Post by MikeB » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:01 pm

I suspect that it is the switch that is activated by the reverse lever. It gets dirty and the switch fails to move like it is supposed. That switch malfunctioning like that will cause the symptoms you are experiencing.

The switch is to the rear of the reverse lever. You will probably have to remove the fairing inner cover to get to it.

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Re: 99 GL1500SE Starting Issue/Reverse Issue

Post by Ed Z » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:35 pm

Might be a bad relay (or bad contact on the relay)... Pull the relays one at a time and give a shot of WD40 into the connectors and then plug em back in... Also might as well do the fuses too while your in the area...

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