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post #1 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Safety Bypass

Wondering if anybody can help me out here. I've been searching for the past few hours now an can't seem to find what i need. I have a 2007 KLR and want to bypass the clutch safety switch but can find a step by step anywhere. I did find one but the wire colors in the description were not the same. I have blk/yel, blu/rd and lime green just not sure which ones need to be jumped together. Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 08:23 PM
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What's a clutch safety switch? Why would you want to start a bike in gear with the clutch lever not pulled? I know there is a sidestand switch. Many disable that.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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What's a clutch safety switch? Why would you want to start a bike in gear with the clutch lever not pulled? I know there is a sidestand switch. Many disable that.
The clutch switch does exactly that, prevents you from starting the bike unless the clutch is pulled. This switch can fail and leave you stranded, just a personal preferance but i would like it disabled.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 10:09 PM
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My clutch safety switch is troublesome. I attempted to bypass it, but every wire combination I tried left me with a constantly glowing neutral indicator. Funny part is, after all the trouble/ time spent trying to bypass it...I finally spent 5 minutes just opening the switch and cleaning the contact. lol. I still would like to disable it fully, though. So I will keep eyes on this thread.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 10:19 PM
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So the 07 and earlier, wont start in neutral unless the clutch lever is pulled in?
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It will start in neutral with the clutch out, but not in gear. Which can be a pain in the woods, for me at least. I don't want to have to stop and click around to find neutral every time I stall the bike. Being able to just clutch it and stab the e-start button is nice.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-15-2016, 10:07 AM
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I can't stand the "nanny switches". MarkNet - KLR650


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post #8 of 12 Old 08-18-2016, 10:22 PM
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Jumped the striped wires and it works fine. No glowing neutral light, no nanny.

I guess that was the one combination I didn't stumble upon.

Thanks for the link.
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Most of us who do this mod (I did immediately) jump the two wires
right at the clutch lever with a mini fuse right in the connector.
Can't mess that one up very easily.

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What's a clutch safety switch? Why would you want to start a bike in gear with
the clutch lever not pulled? I know there is a sidestand switch. Many disable that.
When on a weak battery it's nice to get rolling and be able to hit the weak starter and dump the clutch.

Takes us back to the old school days of the teen years and like all of our dads, we had to actually look
at the kickstand, manually turn the gas on, and look for the neutral light. Disabling the "safety features"
merely puts the bike back to where it's our own responsibility to do a prefilight check. These features are
added for liability purposes. When they fail, they are there for walking purposes.

I deserve to be pole-vaulted if I ride off with the stand down.
I deserve it if the bike dies at the bottom of the driveway and the gas isn't turned on.

It's possibly just my take, but lose the extra crap and pay attention.

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-19-2016, 09:40 AM
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Most of us who do this mod (I did immediately) jump the two wires
right at the clutch lever with a mini fuse right in the connector.
Can't mess that one up very easily.



When on a weak battery it's nice to get rolling and be able to hit the weak starter and dump the clutch.

Takes us back to the old school days of the teen years and like all of our dads, we had to actually look
at the kickstand, manually turn the gas on, and look for the neutral light. Disabling the "safety features"
merely puts the bike back to where it's our own responsibility to do a prefilight check. These features are
added for liability purposes. When they fail, they are there for walking purposes.

I deserve to be pole-vaulted if I ride off with the stand down.
I deserve it if the bike dies at the bottom of the driveway and the gas isn't turned on.

It's possibly just my take, but lose the extra crap and pay attention.

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OK, so your just disconnecting it so you dont have to worry about the switch failing. I got it, I was just confused as mine starts in gear with the clutch pulled. So I was thinking why would anyone want to start it in gear without the clutch pulled. But I see, it's one less thing to think about failing.

I use to ride with a local Harley chapter, and you would not believe how many times i witnessed riders taking off with the sidestand down. Then it becomes a game of screaming and passing the message along before the first right hand turn. LOL. We all have those moments. I got off my Versys one day without putting the sidestand down. Took everything I had to catch that bike.

And just to clarify, with that switch engaged, the bike cannot be jump started? That would make sense. Well that's no good.

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