Question about 1996 Yamaha Xv 250 Virago S
I suspect a broken or loose wire in the headlight bucket or where the harness goes around the frame neck. Check your battery connections, fuse connections, and ground wires. After you you have loosened and tightened all the bolts, plugged and unplugged all the wire connections(make sure wire colors match up), Starting the bike and turning the handlebars back and forth. If all this checks out you probably have a dirty switch. You said you checked all the switches but maybe the failure is load related. Out of desperation I take the 35 year old switches apart on my Goldwing, clean them , and put them back together.It is possible you have a dirty contact in your ignition switch (dirt across the connections) that could be the problem. It sure sounds like a main switch problem, but, the only switch you are activating, when you put it in gear ,is the neutral switch and the clutch safety switch. Recheck those systems or replace them first. Try bypassing the swiches one at a time to determine which one is the problem. Be happy your not on a mountain top 600 miles from home cleaning an ignition switch with a pocket knife.
Posted on Sep 03, 2010
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