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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Neutral light out and no starting

2004 Vulcan Classic 1500, carburetor. 25000 miles. Doing about 20 mph when it died on me. Pulled over and put in neutral. Neutral light does not come on but it is in neutral. Try to start and nothing. No click or anything. Battery is charged and good. Can't figure out why there isn't a neutral light. I can't find in my book anything that would cause neutral light not to light. Unless it isn't in neutral of course.
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 09:22 PM
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If you pull in the clutch, will it start?

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No. I've tried every scenario. All lights come on including dash lights except neutral light. Accept headlights. Engine hass to be running for them to come on.
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Sounds like you may have two problems; a bad neutral safety switch and the clutch switch is bad or one of the wires to it has become disconnected. Also, try starting the bike with the clutch pulled "in" and the kickstand "up".

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. Also, try starting the bike with the clutch pulled "in" and the kickstand "up".
Been there done that
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the clutch switch is bad or one of the wires to it has become disconnected. ".

I don't know but I wouldn't think that the clutch switch would have anything to do with the neutral light not coming on.
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Check all connections starting at the battery. you maybe get enough voltage/current through a connection for a light, but not to carry a starter.
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I don't know but I wouldn't think that the clutch switch would have anything to do with the neutral light not coming on.
assuming the bike has not had its wiring modified, the clutch, sidestand, and nuetral switches are interlocked, to prevent accidents.
If the bike thinks its in gear (no lamp) then you should only be able to start it with the sidestand UP and the clutch lever fully IN.

If it still doesnt start, its possible that one (or more) of the switches are faulty. Check them all, clean the connections.
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assuming the bike has not had its wiring modified, the clutch, sidestand, and nuetral switches are interlocked, to prevent accidents.
If the bike thinks its in gear (no lamp) then you should only be able to start it with the sidestand UP and the clutch lever fully IN.

If it still doesnt start, its possible that one (or more) of the switches are faulty. Check them all, clean the connections.
It should still start with the kick stand down and the clutch pulled even if it isn't in neutral. It will just die if you release the clutch.
I removed the left cover and removed the neutral switch. Then I grounded the wire to the frame and the neutral light still didn't come on. So it isn't that switch stopping the light from coming on.
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Did you check your ignition fuse?
Is it a light green wire that goes to your neutral switch?
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