Neutral switch?

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  • Kinsman

Posted March 07, 2005 - 09:32 AM


Got an intermittent problem on my 650L.
Sometimes it won't want to start in gear...not that I kill it much!

I am thinking the neutral switch or the clutch switch...any ideas?

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted March 07, 2005 - 05:22 PM


Hmmm, does 'doesn't-start' mean won't crank or won't run even though it cranks?


PS, a tip- to bypass all the safeties, disconnect the 2 wires going to the clutch switch, short them together and to ground.

  • Kinsman

Posted March 08, 2005 - 10:26 AM


Sorry....'doesn't start' means won't crank.
That is, I have to go to neutral to get it to start. This happened once before, but the trouble mysteriously vanished. I'm planning some rides which will put me more than 60miles from....anything, even a road. I don't want to have to walk three days because of a shorted switch!

TIA from Montana

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  • Dual_Dog

Posted March 08, 2005 - 11:23 AM


All the more reason to bypass it altogether. Just one less thing to go wrong out on the trail. :) By doing this you can start the bike with the kickstand down also. You'll still have the side stand idiot light as a warning. I want the abililty to start my bike whenever and however I want.

  • Kinsman

Posted March 09, 2005 - 06:03 AM


I'm not looking at my service manual right now (I'm at work, heh heh) but where do I get at these wires, and is there a screw nearby to ground them with?

Looking at Springtime in the Rockies

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted March 10, 2005 - 08:10 AM


Most pipple short the 2 wires right after the connector that goes to the switch.

I munged my switch on a stump and just jettisoned the whole assembly.


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