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So here is an interesting update on my 6 month old HSA flashing light. After calling the dealership and letting them know the problem hasn't yet been solved by their last try, I then called North American Honda and spoke to the CS rep I have been working with since the beginning. He called me back asking if I had spoken with the dealership. Odd question because I told him the day before i had. He said "No, like today".... Ahhhhhh no, why? We know what the fix is, and he (the Service Manager) does as well... huh... what? Yeah he knows what to do next and we have a solution if that one doesn't work that will 100% fix the issue.

He went on to say, "I know you like that dealer, but perhaps they aren't doing everything they can and maybe you should work with another dealer... WTH !!!!!

So do I believe the dealership who I FELT like was taking care of me. Gave me the best price for the bike within a 4 state range. Or do I believe Corp America?

So now I'm waiting to hear from the dealer... I'm at a loss for how Honda is managing this case.
 

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So what is the 100% fix? My bike is going to the dealer next week for the flashing Hill Start light. The dealer called me today and said that after talking with Honda they were told to check and document a few things first, but most likely its the switch in the clutch. My dealer is ordering the switches before my bike goes in. My 2018 has been flawless except for this flashing light that just started on my last ride at 6500 miles.
 

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This does not surprise me. I am surprised that Honda would say that. If you research my posts on the BMW forums you will find that I constantly say if a dealer can't fix your problem to check with another. We have 5 BMW dealers in Colorado I can only recommend 1 dealer. I can only hope that I made the right decision when I picked a good dealer.
 

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My HSA works properly. Is this limited to certain models? What is the scoop?
 

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The switches have been replaced 6x on my bike. It's hard to believe that 6 switches are bad. This is a problem that seems to be getting worse and worse on the 6 speed. Honda can't keep GUESSING what's wrong, which is what they did/are doing with mine, and now they are doing it with yours.

I'm only GUESSING the 100% fix is a new bike.
 

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My HSA works properly. Is this limited to certain models? What is the scoop?
Its with the 6-speed. Seems that the switch in the clutch lever may have a problem. Maybe Honda had a bad batch of switches. Honda had a problem with the front brake switch with the old model in the early years and came out with improved front brake switch that fixed the issue...most likely the same with this issue with the 6-speeds
 

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The switches have been replaced 6x on my bike. It's hard to believe that 6 switches are bad. This is a problem that seems to be getting worse and worse on the 6 speed. Honda can't keep GUESSING what's wrong, which is what they did/are doing with mine, and now they are doing it with yours.

I'm only GUESSING the 100% fix is a new bike.
I hope its just that Honda had a batch of bad switches. My 03 had a bad front brake switch back in the early years, it was replaced 3 times before the the problem was fixed, hopefully its just as simple as the vendors has to make new switches that actually work.
 

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Its with the 6-speed. Seems that the switch in the clutch lever may have a problem. Maybe Honda had a bad batch of switches. Honda had a problem with the front brake switch with the old model in the early years and came out with improved front brake switch that fixed the issue...most likely the same with this issue with the 6-speeds
I find it hard to believe that the problem is a switch. If a switch goes bad, I don't think it "fixes itself". I had the flashing HSA light problem once, about 6,000 miles ago. Then the problem disappeared. Have no clue what the problem was, or why it went away. But I doubt it was a bad switch that fixed itself. Just hope Honda figures out the cause / fix before the problem rears its ugly head again on my bike.

But if it does, I can live with it. Mechanically the bike has been absolutely flawless and a joy to drive for 9,000 miles :grin2:
 
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Greenham and Roadie thanks for the updates.... Also following on the facebook site. My bike has also been flawless during the 11,000 km's I have risen EXCEPT for the flashing HSA light which has happened 5 times. It is certainly NOT acceptable to me and I'm definitely following what you guys are doing. Dealers don't seem to have an answer so I don't think Honda is saying much to them. Greenham you mentioned on the facebook page that Honda thinks the ABS might be tied into this and is a BIG fix..... that is disturbing that they might have to do a big tear down but keep us posted for sure. The guessing on Honda's part is also not good.....
 

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Hi all, been out for my maiden voyage today on my box fresh 2021 GW Bagger 6sp and guess what, the amber HSA warning dash light came on 3 times during a short ride out. Turned the bike off twice and it cleared, then came on again for the 3rd time but by then I was home anyway. Have just emailed the dealer then put a search into the forum and here I am typing this. Terrific. Not. Is it safe/ok to still ride the bike?
 

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Hi all, been out for my maiden voyage today on my box fresh 2021 GW Bagger 6sp and guess what, the amber HSA warning dash light came on 3 times during a short ride out. Turned the bike off twice and it cleared, then came on again for the 3rd time but by then I was home anyway. Have just emailed the dealer then put a search into the forum and here I am typing this. Terrific. Not. Is it safe/ok to still ride the bike?
Its fine to ride the bike..just annoying to see the flashing yellow HSA light flashing...and the HSA doesn't work.
 

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So just over 4,000 miles on my 2019 tour 6 speed and the Blinking HSA light issue just started yesterday. So now that it's been an obvious issue with lots of others has Honda accepted it's a problem and covered? Going to call my dealer later this week to schedule repair...
 

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I ride a 2019, bought new. HSA light flashed and HSA quit working. Dealer replaced that pesky switch in the clutch lever and it's still going - 1500 miles later.
 

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My 2021 6sp non tour goes in tomorrow for it’s first service, to have a main stand fitted and to have the HSA looked at. I posted before on this thread. However, since that first ride out it hasn’t faulted since? In fact I went out and found a hill to try it, and it worked fine. So, not sure exactly what they will do, will they change the clutch micro switch? Other than that the bike is lovely, just getting used to it. The one positive is that I’ve had no kick back or disbelief from my Honda dealer and I have confidence that they will look after me.
 

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The HSA light on my new '20 w. 6 speed was flashing while I was north bound on I 5 descending the Siskiyou pass.
It reset when I shut the bike off for fuel and never came back.

The only thing I can think of was I did something with the clutch/brake/throttle while downshifting into a downhill turn that triggered it.
I didn't have any other issues on any other down hill turns on my 2800 mile trip.
 

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In my case once the HSA light starts flashing..it will go out in the beginning...but it will come back. My HSA light started flashing for the second time a year ago as I was going on a road trip...I didn't even make it off my road...the HSA light flashed on and off for 600 miles. I went to Shroaders Honda while on the road and of coarse the HSA light stopped flashing that day ...they took my word for it and replaced the clutch switch anyways and I havn't had the issue for the last year..but I expect the clutch switch to fail again sooner or later.
 

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Thanks guys, It happened to me last year but only a couple times, I would turn bike off and restart and it would go out. But recently it comes on almost every ride, I'll mention the clutch switch when I call the service department...
 

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A point of interest: Suzuki Cavalcade had a problem with the mechanical clutch switch that would prevent starting. Went to a hydraulic operated switch when clutch lever was actuated. No problems after upgrade.
 
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