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Starter safety switch, so the bike knows when you pull the clutch in.

It prevents you from hitting the start button with the bike in gear and not pulling in the clutch.
 

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Just so you understand how this operates - there are three linked components for safe starting.

The switch you have found on the clutch lever, a switch on the sidestand, and the neutral light switch.

So you won't inadvertently try and start it while it is in gear unless the clutch lever is pulled in.

Or ride off with your sidestand down. You are probably already accustomed to how this works without realising it.

I would be inclined to leave it alone and put up with a couple of visible wires. They did all this for our benefit..
 

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What is the resulting problems with hitting the starter while in gear without the clutch in?
It will push the bike off the kickstand and fall over on the unsuspecting rider. It could also do damage to the starter sprague, idle gear and starter motor due to the extra forces in play.
 
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