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post #1 of 4 Old 04-05-2016, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch/Starter lockout Switch??

I have a 2006 KLR. Since I've owned the bike it's just routine: to start it on the trail (say after a stall) I must shift into neutral and leave the clutch leave out. The bike will not start with the clutch lever pulled in.

So, what's up? Every other bike I'm around will start with the clutch lever pulled in while the bike is in gear.

Is there a switch that's bad or a circuit to be disconnected? This has the opportunity to cause some real problems along the trail.

Thanks for the help.

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-05-2016, 09:32 AM
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You should be able to start the bike in gear with the clutch pulled in. Something wrong with your Clutch Safety Switch. Many folks choose to bypass this switch.

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Give it a try and see if you get the answer you need.



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post #3 of 4 Old 04-05-2016, 02:07 PM
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I had the same issue last season and it was really bad when my shift lever broke 30 mile out in the sticks. After I got home I did disable the clutch safety switch.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-06-2016, 02:29 PM
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Try this wiring diagram:
If it starts in neutral with the clutch lever out, but not with it pulled, the problem is most likely in the starter lockout switch on the handlebar.

In the diagram you can see that with the clutch lever out the switch makes contact between the Blue/Red wire to the starter relay and the Light Green neutral switch GROUND wire wire and allows the starter circuit relay to work.

With the lever pulled the same Blue/Red wire is connected to the Black/Yellow GROUND wire and allows the starter circuit relay to work. It seems that yours is not making this connection.

I would check the clutch switch to make sure it is operated fully when the lever is pulled. You might have to open the switch and clean the contact points.
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