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Input Appreciated: Passing Switch Issue

Maybe a stupid question ... but ... I've noticed that when I fully pull in my clutch the lever presses in on the passing switch and my high beams flash. I'm thinking either;

(a) This is normal and I'm simply pulling the clutch lever fuller than is necessary?

(b) I need to adjust my clutch lever ... but would the adjuster dial solve this problem (I think no)?

(c) I must always pass other vehicles (regardless of upshift or downshift) and/or confuse other drivers while I'm stopped at an intersection.

I have no mods in place (hand guards etc) - and everything is OEM.

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Can you take a picture or describe what is hitting the switch?
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Can you take a picture or describe what is hitting the switch?
Thanks for the help Nemesis. It's the clutch lever itself. If I squeeze in the lever fully it toggles the pass switch. Now I'm guessing it's not normal. I'll grab a pic when the sun is back up.

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Thanks for the help Nemesis. It's the clutch lever itself. If I squeeze in the lever fully it toggles the pass switch. Now I'm guessing it's not normal. I'll grab a pic when the sun is back up.

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I had a look, and it is possible if the clutch lever isn't mounted directly up against the hand grip.There are two allen head cap screws holding the clutch assembly to the handlebar, proper mounting is directly up against the hand grip.
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(a) This is normal and I'm simply pulling the clutch lever fuller than is necessary?

(b) I need to adjust my clutch lever ... but would the adjuster dial solve this problem (I think no)?
(a) is half right: it isn't normal, but you're probably pulling the clutch lever too far. Best to have it adjusted to disengage with little movement. It needs to meet the free-play spec, but clutch operation shouldn't take much travel.

My clutch lever goes just below the high-beam switch, but even if it didn't, I could pull it to the grips and it wouldn't touch--my grips may be slightly bigger than stock though.

You're controls might be in an odd position--or maybe the controls are different between 1st & 2nd gen?

Unless you have tiny hands you shouldn't need to pull the clutch lever anywhere near the bars.
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You can also try to rotate the lever holder slightly lower to avoid hitting the Passing switch.
Just loosen the 2 bolts tying the mirror holder slightly until the mirror holder can be rotated.

Mine is adjusted to clear slightly below the switch at full pull of the lever.

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Maybe a stupid question ... but ... I've noticed that when I fully pull in my clutch the lever presses in on the passing switch and my high beams flash. I'm thinking either;

(a) This is normal and I'm simply pulling the clutch lever fuller than is necessary?

(b) I need to adjust my clutch lever ... but would the adjuster dial solve this problem (I think no)?

(c) I must always pass other vehicles (regardless of upshift or downshift) and/or confuse other drivers while I'm stopped at an intersection.

I have no mods in place (hand guards etc) - and everything is OEM.

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I believe you have your fingers on the lever TOO far to the right - they SHOULD be between the 'dog-leg' and the ball on the end of the lever, that is - on the part of the lever that comes closest to the grip when pulled.

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I believe you have your fingers on the lever TOO far to the right - they SHOULD be between the 'dog-leg' and the ball on the end of the lever, that is - on the part of the lever that comes closest to the grip when pulled.
I have a 07, the clutch lever is offset to clear the passing switch, however, if the mirror / clutch assembly were mounted a 1/2 inch to the right of the grip, it would only take half travel to trip switch. As to using your fingers IMO your finger would be crushed by the clutch lever, best to have a picture of the problem.
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You can also try to rotate the lever holder slightly lower to avoid hitting the Passing switch.
Just loosen the 2 bolts tying the mirror holder slightly until the mirror holder can be rotated.

Mine is adjusted to clear slightly below the switch at full pull of the lever.
That did the trick. I adjusted the lever holder as suggested - although I adjusted it so that the clutch lever cleared just above the passing switch.

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