2016 road glide won’t start in gear - Road Glide Forums
Troubleshooting for Road Glides List your Road Glide problems here, and DR. Ruth will answer them.

 13Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Vsarman33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: New York
Posts: 7
2016 road glide won’t start in gear

Just realized a few days ago my 16 road glide special will not start when in gear and clutch lever pulled in, it used to before, anyone else have that happen to them?
Vsarman33 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 12:21 AM
Member
 
texasnurse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 339
2016 road glide won’t start in gear

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vsarman33 View Post
Just realized a few days ago my 16 road glide special will not start when in gear and clutch lever pulled in, it used to before, anyone else have that happen to them?


Have you replaced grips recently?

Check that the end cap on the clutch switch is intact


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Last edited by texasnurse; 09-05-2018 at 02:19 AM.
texasnurse is offline  
post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Vsarman33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: New York
Posts: 7
No, still running stock grips
Vsarman33 is offline  
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 06:55 AM
Member
 
FDR's RGC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 547
Check your clutch safety switch at lever. Might have to loosen and move it slightly then retighten.
Stoic Joker likes this.
FDR's RGC is offline  
post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 06:57 AM
Life Member
 
OldNerdGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: St. Peters, MO
Posts: 3,433
Odds are something disturbed the clutch switch in the handlebars. Or, the switch broke. That is a CAN Bus switch pack, and the switch is supposed to be out with the clutch lever pulled in. Not sure how you can test that on the clutch side, as it probably is starting fine in neutral, and you cannot engage the clutch with the lever off. You can check the travel on the button. Harley shops probably have that built into some computerized test.

In theory, Theory and Reality are the same. In reality, they are different.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
OldNerdGuy is offline  
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 07:00 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 459
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vsarman33 View Post
Just realized a few days ago my 16 road glide special will not start when in gear and clutch lever pulled in, it used to before, anyone else have that happen to them?
Common issue. As mentioned, make sure everything is tight and that your clutch lever is hitting the clutch switch. If you haven’t changed grips or bars, then that’s pretty not needed. More than likely, your LHCM has a problem. Since they are non-repairable (like the older models), you will Ned the whole switch pack. If you’re out of warranty, you can buy the P&A lighted switches (the pair) for what just the LHCM would cost you.
08Zinc, Bruce00 and RGKen like this.

2018 FLTRXS Wicked Red
Harley Master Tech
Disabled Combat Vet - JTAC 96-06
crazy4ink is offline  
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 07:22 AM
Life Member
 
RGKen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jax, FL
Posts: 3,950
Garage
It's not a good practice to do that anyway. It is always best to start in neutral as there is still a small amount of drag at startup when it's in gear even with the clutch pulled in. You can tell this by the bike lurching forward at startup.

Here is a copy and paste explanation from another forum:

[I]"Here's why:

In neutral, you're (starter) spinning the clutch basket and trans output shaft, in the 24 onces of trans fluid, with gears unmeshed at idle.

With clutch in/in gear, you're spinning the clutch basket, with the clutch plates separated, in 32-38 onces of primary oil. There's parasitic drag between the wet clutch plates that doesn't break when cold, or the first time you pull the clutch lever.

Both can depend on fluid viscosity (20w50 vs 75w140 for trans), ambient temps, and/or bike's operating temp.

If the bike is WARM, either/or is about the same. Oil is more fluid and clutch plates separate easier, with less drag.

IF COLD, the clutch plates can stick, causing higher drag, wearing on the starter jackshaft and primary bughing, due to higher amps to start the bike.

TEST: First thing in the morning, put your bike in gear (not running) and pull clutch and try to push it. You'll immediately note the excess drag due to the clutch plates sticking...."


I'm still researching for an answer to your symptom as this seems to pop up fairly frequently. If your clutch switch is good then there is possibly a fuse that is blown or a pinched wire somewhere. Someone stated that if they pull the clutch lever in 3-4 times rapidly then it would work. You could see if that works for you but if not just keep starting it in neutral and ride on until you find the fix. Better for the bike anyway but you still need to find the answer to why it will not start in gear.
Bruce00, Swomack and Jacksprat56 like this.

2018 FLTRXS
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by RGKen; 09-05-2018 at 11:43 AM.
RGKen is online now  
post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 08:06 AM
Life Member
 
skratch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: louisiana
Posts: 3,896
Quote:
Originally Posted by RGKen View Post
It's not a good practice to do that anyway. It is always best to start in neutral as there is still a small amount of drag at startup when it's in gear even with the clutch pulled in. You can tell this by the bike lurching forward at startup.
while true, there are times that you might want to be able to just pull in the clutch to start. like if your bike stalls in the middle of an intersection......
Mike U, snarley53 and crazy4ink like this.

I understand the concept of reality, but find it too confining for a way of life.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
skratch is offline  
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 09:13 AM
Life Member
 
RGKen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jax, FL
Posts: 3,950
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by skratch View Post
while true, there are times that you might want to be able to just pull in the clutch to start. like if your bike stalls in the middle of an intersection......


Not disputing that and that is why I said I would still try and help find the answer to his question. It should do it so something is wrong and needs to be rectified.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

2018 FLTRXS
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
RGKen is online now  
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 09:45 AM
Member
 
texasnurse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 339
Quote:
Originally Posted by skratch View Post
while true, there are times that you might want to be able to just pull in the clutch to start. like if your bike stalls in the middle of an intersection......


One of the reasons I passed on a used ‘17 roadglide...



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
texasnurse is offline  
Reply

Tags
clutch , start

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Damn--Won't start after bar swap. RedDogNC Controls & Handlebars 26 09-15-2016 09:35 PM
Why won't the glide start 13HDGLIDE Troubleshooting for Road Glides 19 07-24-2014 01:31 PM
2010 Road Glide won't start kildar Troubleshooting for Road Glides 5 04-14-2012 02:39 PM
2001rg won't start PRDIAZ1 Troubleshooting for Road Glides 6 04-03-2011 10:06 AM
bike won't start briscoe *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 11 11-28-2010 10:25 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome