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Old 05-05-2013   #1
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Too many interlock switches

I have my sonís bike in my garage again for a while. Itís a 96 Vulcan 1500 classic. When we were together in March for bike week everything was working fine, now after a month and a half sitting on the porch of his school apartment under a cover I have two problems to look into.

It has a switch on the kickstand so you cannot have it in gear with the stand down. It has a switch at the clutch lever that may do that and a few other items. It use to be that you could start it in gear with the stand up and the clutch lever pulled in. No more!!! Now it must be in neutral and the clutch level OUT or it will not start. It also does not care of the position of the side stand.

What would you look at first and how to check it? I just rolled it off the trailer and it started raining right away I really have not had a chance to look at it.
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Old 05-05-2013   #2
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Re: Too many interlock switches

Based on what you've said, it sounds to me like the clutch interlock. Check to make sure the wires are clipped firmly on the tabs. From there, I'd do a continuity check on the clutch switch contacts. Another guess would be the kick stand switch contacts, but it seems to me that if this was the problem, the bike would die as soon as you put it in gear with the kickstand up or down.

Hell, just buy the kid a NEW BIKE!!!
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Old 05-05-2013   #3
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Re: Too many interlock switches

Spray the clutch switch out with WD40.
It has corrosion in it.

2 small phillips screws hold the switch base on the lever housing.
If spraying it doesn't work, take it apart and clean it with a pencil eraser.
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Old 05-06-2013   #4
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Re: Too many interlock switches

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Spray the clutch switch out with WD40.
It has corrosion in it.

2 small phillips screws hold the switch base on the lever housing.
If spraying it doesn't work, take it apart and clean it with a pencil eraser.
That is great info, thanks
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Old 05-07-2013   #5
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Re: Too many interlock switches

Seafoam deep creep on the switch at the clutch lever and it now works fine
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Old 05-07-2013   #6
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Re: Too many interlock switches

Welcome to the effects of salt air in a coastal area. On an older bike its hard to say if that was the cause but its something you should think about as you spend more time in that area. Boeshield T-9 is stuff a buddy uses on his sailboat(and everything else)to help avoid corrosion.

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