Yes, very common complaint. Wasn't hard for me to find the issue with a quick internet search.
It looks like with the shifter down in the "1" position the wire is almost bent in half because of the way they route it. Once that wire is 13 years old and starts to brittle up it can't take that kind of pressure. What I saw when I opened up the column was just one spot on the wire clearly cracked and one wire disconnected. It wasn't actually a clean cut, the first picture is from where I had already snipped it and started to remove the sheathing around the two VERY small wires. I recommend stripping the wires with a lighter.
COTY - 2012
Tom - 03' Bonneville SSEi', 00' Sierra SLE, 1980 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate