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I re-attached my ignition switch... again. Last time I did it lasted a day, rode to work, on the way home it broke again. I think I found the cause, my front tank mount bracket was loose.

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I took it for a spin around the block, and filled up with petrol ready for my ride on Tuesday. The slightly shorter version of 'round the block', which is 16½ miles.
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I took a spin around the block too, but it was closer to about 80 miles. Got some big blocks here.
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In spite of the weather forecast of thunderstorms, I went for a quick ride up into the mountain twisties where it was cooler than the 95 degrees at my house plus lots of shade from the trees. I ended up doing 65 miles and got home just in time for the severe storms which are supposed to last 3 more days. It was a great day!
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Jumped / bipassed the neutral safety switch behind the clutch lever today. Switch went bad on me. Couldn't restart the bike when clutch was pulled in. $10.00 for the switch and $290.00 for labor. No thanks. Cut the wires off the switch and soldered together, slipped some heat shrink over it good to go. Reinstalled the dead switch to plug the hole in the shell and tested the circuit "a-ok" Shouldn't be bothered with this again. Worthless idea to begin with.

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Jumped / bipassed the neutral safety switch behind the clutch lever today. Switch went bad on me. Couldn't restart the bike when clutch was pulled in. $10.00 for the switch and $290.00 for labor. No thanks. Cut the wires off the switch and soldered together, slipped some heat shrink over it good to go. Reinstalled the dead switch to plug the hole in the shell and tested the circuit "a-ok" Shouldn't be bothered with this again. Worthless idea to begin with.

I didn't even know such a thing existed. What is its purpose and when did it first appear on the Sportster? I must not have one because I have accidentally made my 2005 Sporty jump forward while trying to start it in gear. (I usually park it in neutral in the garage so that I can warm it.)

Is it similar to the kickstand safety switch on a Honda Shadow? I had one fail but failed to fail correctly, thank God. The kickstand light came on while I was riding which should have killed the engine. It didn't but I was afraid to ride it until I replaced the switch. If you put down the kickstand with the motor running and in gear, the motor died; if it was in neutral, it kept running. Since I always parked it in gear, I didn't need the kill switch to stop the engine. I liked it until it failed -- after that, not so much. I got rid of the bike and only ride my Sportster now.

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There are two neutral safety switches on a Sportster, one inside of the case behind the drive sprocket and another one behind the clutch lever. The switch behind the lever allows you to start the engine while it is in gear as you would normally if your engine had stopped at say at a red light for some reason or other. Pull in the clutch lever and it trips a switch that completes the starting circuit and your on your way. If this switch fails the circuit is broken and the bike will not start while in gear no matter how hard you pull in the clutch. In that case the only way that the bike can be started is to manually take the transmission out of gear and place it in neutral. This engages the main neutral safety switch which completes the starting circuit and allows you to start the engine. The bike then starts - good to go. The clutch lever switch will cost you $10.00 to replace but the labor to install will run you $290.00 at the dealer. I decided to bypass the switch as the wiring is problematic and would most likely fail again once replaced. Saved myself $300.00 and now will most likely never have to worry about it again. Not sure what Harley was thinking with this system. This was obviously a solution created for a problem which does not exist. As if we didn't have enough to worry about. Not sure when they started using this system but I've been dealing with asinine problems like this on my bike since 2007. That's at least 12 years now.

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