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My K1600GTL only starts in neutral.

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For several months I have had a problem starting my bike. I replaced the battery and I also replaced the starter relay. Both intermittently seemed to have "fixed" the problem, but only temperately. I finally took it to the local shop and they had the bike for over a week. They said that it seemed like the wires going to the battery terminals were loose and tightened them up. Meanwhile they started the bike numerous times and it would not fail. They found nothing seriously wrong so I picked up the bike and rode it home.

When I tried to start the bike this morning, it would not start. Battery read 13.25 volts so I knew it wasn't the battery. Everything was tight but it still would not start.

When I stop my motorcycle, I generally leave it in first gear and bring down the kickstand. I've done it this way forever. Just for grins, I put the bike in Neutral and she fired right up. I put her back in first gear with the clutch in and she would not start. I put her in second gear, clutch in, and she would not start. Putting her in N and she fired up. I think I've figured out the problem.

It there a part or switch that might be shorting out that keeps her from starting in gear. even though the clutch is engaged?
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It sounds like whatever tells the bike the clutch is pulled in, isn't.
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I'm hoping that it's not an expensive fix. Everything else is great as long as she is in N to start.
700 bucks should do it. It's not very good on the bike to start it in gear anyways.
When I tried to start the bike this morning, it would not start. Battery read 13.25 volts so I knew it wasn't the battery. Everything was tight but it still would not start.

When I stop my motorcycle, I generally leave it in first gear and bring down the kickstand. I've done it this way forever. Just for grins, I put the bike in Neutral and she fired right up. I put her back in first gear with the clutch in and she would not start. I put her in second gear, clutch in, and she would not start. Putting her in N and she fired up. I think I've figured out the problem.

It there a part or switch that might be shorting out that keeps her from starting in gear. even though the clutch is engaged?
Was the side stand/kickstand down through this?

If the side stand was up during that test, then it looks like your clutch switch is faulty.

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Have you checked the operation of the clutch switch embedded in the clutch lever? Also, have you got an adjustable clutch lever? If you have, change the adjustment, that will change the operating range of the lever.
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Yep, once you said the stand was down and the bike in gear, I knew it was the clutch switch.
The guys above have the part for you
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Yep, once you said the stand was down and the bike in gear, I knew it was the clutch switch.
The guys above have the part for you
I'm not following - don't you mean if the stand is up and the clutch pulled it should start ?

My experience has been that it will kill the engine if you have the clutch pulled in gear and you put the stand down, and sure it won't start in gear with the stand down.
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I'm not following - don't you mean if the stand is up and the clutch pulled it should start ?

My experience has been that it will kill the engine if you have the clutch pulled in gear and you put the stand down, and sure it won't start in gear with the stand down.
Same. Bike will not run if side stand is down.

Edit: with bike in gear other than neutral.
About once every year I have struggles starting in 1st gear. Then I pull the microswitch from under the clutch lever housing and spray it with electrical contact cleaner (or MAF cleaner), put it back on and it starts working again... Not as comprehensive as the DYI referred above, but worked for me 3 years in a row...
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Thanks for all of the feedback.

If the kickstand is down, bike in first gear, clutch pulled in, NO START
If the kickstand is UP, bike in first gear, clutch pulled in, NO START

If I then put the bike in NEUTRAL, kickstand up or down, the bike starts.
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Sounds like the clutch switch or maybe the kickstand switch. I'll probably start with the clutch switch first.
About once every year I have struggles starting in 1st gear. Then I pull the microswitch from under the clutch lever housing and spray it with electrical contact cleaner (or MAF cleaner), put it back on and it starts working again... Not as comprehensive as the DYI referred above, but worked for me 3 years in a row...
Can you go over in detail how to do this? My 2014 will only start if it鈥檚 in neutral 98% of the time.
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Thanks for all of the feedback.

If the kickstand is down, bike in first gear, clutch pulled in, NO START
If the kickstand is UP, bike in first gear, clutch pulled in, NO START

If I then put the bike in NEUTRAL, kickstand up or down, the bike starts.
Clutch switch.
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If the kickstand is down, bike in first gear, clutch pulled in, NO START
If the kickstand is UP, bike in first gear, clutch pulled in, NO START
If I then put the bike in NEUTRAL, kickstand up or down, the bike starts.
Clutch switch. Let us know how you get on with the repair.
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