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I’m having issues with my 2015 iron 883. It only starts when in neutral regardless whether or not the clutch lever is being depressed. Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, what was the fix?


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I'm not sure but i think it's designed to do so for safety reason... for instance, i have a 2008 XL Low and it won't start (sometimes, go figure it out, but this is for another thread) if the kickstand is down... also i guess for safety reason.
I have no clue about a way to go around that, but sure i'm interested too...
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I’m having issues with my 2015 iron 883. It only starts when in neutral regardless whether or not the clutch lever is being depressed. Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, what was the fix?
That indicates the Clutch Switch is not being seen as activated... Check the wiring at the switch - Make sure the switch is properly interfacing with the clutch lever...

Did you have the switch housing off lately? What work did you or others perform on the bike lately?

What was happening with the bike just before this problem occured?

Did you get the Diagnostic Codes from the Speedo?

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Yeah my guess the switch isn't being activated/depressed. My 05 apparently doesn't have these safety features as mine will launch forward if I hit the starter button without the clutch lever pulled. For the most part, I always put it in neutral first before starting tho. Just a good practice and easier on the starter.
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That indicates the Clutch Switch is not being seen as activated... Check the wiring at the switch - Make sure the switch is properly interfacing with the clutch lever...

Did you have the switch housing off lately? What work did you or others perform on the bike lately?

What was happening with the bike just before this problem occured?

Did you get the Diagnostic Codes from the Speedo?

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Thanks I will check it out, I replaced the bars a while back. And the grips. I just noticed the issue, so it could’ve been present and I just didn’t notice. I did the spacer in the clutch lever etc when doing the bars and it was fine. I may have messed up the grip install.


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I'm not sure but i think it's designed to do so for safety reason... for instance, i have a 2008 XL Low and it won't start (sometimes, go figure it out, but this is for another thread) if the kickstand is down... also i guess for safety reason.
I have no clue about a way to go around that, but sure i'm interested too...
There is a kickstand sensor for an 08 883L. Ronnie’s says England only, but that’s certainly a real “safety” thing on some models.
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Sounds about like I’d expected. I’d be bypassing them at the first sign of trouble myself. I like the lack of “safety” switches on my bike. If I can’t be bothered to ensure I’m not going to dump it by pressing that starter button on my own, without the dummy locks, maybe I shouldn’t be riding it...
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Sounds about like I’d expected. I’d be bypassing them at the first sign of trouble myself. I like the lack of “safety” switches on my bike. If I can’t be bothered to ensure I’m not going to dump it by pressing that starter button on my own, without the dummy locks, maybe I shouldn’t be riding it...
I agree. Much of the safety crap now days is a bit overboard. We all survived just fine without them for many moons. Some idiot tips over and breaks his arm or something, sues the manufacturer, and this is the result. That said, it's still good practice to put it in neutral before starting. Any vehicle. Not for safety so much as easier on equipment.
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