Neutral start switch on Honda Rancher
yes, it sounds like the electric shift system is working properly- its the stater system that seems to have the problem... When you try to start it, you hear the starter relay under the seat clicking, that means that all the neutral saftey junk is working properly. the power is either not getting from the relay to the starter, or the starter has power but is worn out and faulty. you could also have a dirty cable connection beween the relay and the starter, good way to check this is to put one lead of a volt meter on the battery positive terminal and the other terminal of the meter where the cable connects to the starter, put it on volts mode and attempt to crank the engine over- disconnec the coil wire so it doesnt start, and see if you have any voltage. .5 volt is probably ok, 1 volt or more means you have high-resistance in the cable or at the connections, this is what we call a "voltage drop" test in automotive diagnosis, but works the same for any electrical circuit that is flowing current.
i would put my bet on a worn out starter though.