How To Bypass A Harley Ignition Switch?

It is not uncommon for someone to want to bypass their Harley ignition switch. There are a few reasons why someone might want to do this, but the most common reason is that they have lost their key and need to get their bike started.

While it is possible to bypass the ignition switch, it is important to note that this should only be done as a last resort. Bypassing the ignition switch will disable some of the safety features on your bike, so it is not recommended that you can help it.

  • If your Harley has an ignition switch located on the gas tank, you’ll need to remove it before you can bypass the ignition
  • Use a screwdriver or other tool to pry off the retaining ring that holds the switch in place
  • Once the retaining ring is removed, pull the ignition switch out of its housing
  • Take a look at the back of the ignition switch, and locate the two wires that are connected to it
  • One wire will be black, and one wire will be white
  • Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, carefully disconnect both wires from the back of the ignition switch
  • Once both wires are disconnected from the ignition switch, you can now bypass it by connecting them together with a piece of electrical tape or other suitable material
How To Bypass A Harley Ignition Switch?

How Do I Start My Harley Without the Start Button?

Assuming you’re talking about a Harley Davidson motorcycle with an electronic start button: If your battery is dead, or too low to crank the engine, you can push start your Harley. Make sure the side stand is up and the bike is in first gear.

Put your left foot on the brake pedal, then give the throttle a few good blips before engaging the clutch lever. As you let out the clutch, slowly roll on the throttle until you feel the engine caught. If it doesn’t catch right away, don’t force it – that could damage something. Just try again. Once the engine is running, ride for a minute or two to charge up the battery, then shut it off and restart it using the button.

Is There a Way to Bypass an Ignition Switch?

No, there is no way to bypass an ignition switch. The ignition switch is an important safety feature that prevents the engine from starting without the key being inserted into the ignition. This means that if your key is lost or stolen, it would be very difficult for someone to start your car without your permission.

Can You Start a Harley Without a Key?

In short, yes you can start a Harley without a key. However, there are a few things you need to do first in order to make this work. First, you need to locate the hidden kill switch. This is usually located near the ignition coil on the frame of the motorcycle. Once you have found it, flip it to the “off” position. Next, locate the starter solenoid.

This is usually located near the battery on the frame of the motorcycle. Once you have found it, connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive terminal of the battery, and then touch the other end of the jumper cable to both terminals on the starter solenoid. Now, all you need to do is hit the start button on your Harley and it should fire right up!

How Do You Hotwire a Harley-Davidson?

Hotwiring a Harley-Davidson may seem like a daunting task, but with a little know-how, it’s actually quite easy. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

 1. locate the ignition switch. This is usually located on the right side of the motorcycle, near the gas tank.

2. remove the screws that hold the ignition switch in place.

3. once the screws are removed, pull out the ignition switch and disconnect the wires from it.

4. find the wire that goes to the coil (this will be a thicker gauge wire than the other wires). Strip about 1/2″ of insulation from this wire and twist it around one of the terminals on the back of the new ignition switch. Repeat this step for all remaining wires. 5. reattach all wiring and screw in your new ignition switch securely. Start ‘er up and enjoy!

3 Wire Ignition Switch Bypass

If you have ever had to replace an ignition switch, you know that it can be a real pain. With a 3 wire ignition switch bypass, you can avoid all of that hassle.

This simple mod will allow you to use your existing key and ignition switch but bypass the need for the Ignition Switch Connector. What does this mean? Well, normally, when you turn your key to the “run” position, power flows from the battery through the Ignition Switch Connector and into the Ignition Switch.

From there, it goes to the Starter Relay and then to the Starter Solenoid. With a 3-wire ignition switch bypass, power flows directly from the battery to the Starter Relay and then to the Starter Solenoid – bypassing the need for the Ignition Switch Connector entirely. This is a very simple mod that anyone can do in about 15 minutes. All you need is some basic electrical knowledge and a few tools. Here’s how it’s done:

1) Locate your Ignition Switch Connector (it’s usually a black 2-wire connector near your Ignition Switch).

 2) Cut one of the wires going TO THE IGNITION SWITCH only. Do not cut any other wires!

 3) Splice in a length of 16 gauge wire between those two cut ends (so now there are three wires going to where that black connector was).

 4) Tape up all exposed wires using electrical tape or shrink tubing.

5) That’s it! Now when you turn your key to “run”, power will flow directly from your battery through this new 16 gauge wire and into your starter relay/solenoid – bypassing your old ignition Switch entirely!

How to Bypass Motorcycle Ignition Switch

The motorcycle ignition switch is a device that is used to control the flow of electricity to the engine. It is usually located on the handlebars or in the headlight area.

The purpose of the ignition switch is to prevent the engine from starting when the bike is not in neutral gear. If your motorcycle does not have an ignition switch, you can still bypass it by disconnecting the black wire from the battery and grounding it to the frame.

6 Wire Ignition Switch Bypass

If your vehicle has a six-wire ignition switch, you may be able to bypass the switch by hot-wiring the starter solenoid. This will bypass the ignition switch and allow you to start the vehicle without using the key. Here’s how to do it:

1. Locate the starter solenoid on your vehicle. It should be located near the battery and starter motor.

 2. Identify the positive and negative terminals on the solenoid. The positive terminal will usually have a red wire connected to it, while the negative terminal will usually have a black or white wire connected to it.

3. Use a wrench to loosen and remove the nuts or bolts that secure the wires to the terminals.

4. Strip about ½ inch of insulation from each end of a length of 14-gauge automotive wire.

5. Connect one end of each wire to its respective terminal on the starter solenoid (positive to positive, negative to negative). Make sure that each connection is tight and secure.


If you’re looking to bypass your Harley ignition switch, there are a few things you’ll need to do. First, find the wiring diagram for your bike. Next, identify the wires that go to the ignition switch and cut them. Finally, solder the wires together and tape them up so they don’t come apart.

Alston Seymour

A Harley-Davidson Motor Company certified Master Technician and avid biker, I love to write about everything and anything related to biking.

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