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post #1 of 6 Old 07-03-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Travel or not

Hoping someone can help me here:

Scenario- I was riding and I pulled over. I turned the bike off. When I went to start it again and put it into first gear the bike turned off. This has happened 3 times. On the forth attempt I put the choke up for a minute I lowered the choke and put it in first gear it worked.

Next day I started the bike and the same scenario as above. The only difference is the first day I had driven 80kms and the second day the bike was cold.

Does anyone know why this is happening or should I check for something. \
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-03-2013, 10:01 PM
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Kinda sounds like the sidestand safety switch is acting up. I would try bypassing it and seeing if the bike goes into gear without stalling. If that solves the problem you could clean/repair the switch or leave it bypassed if you wish. I prefer to have the safety switches all functioning, but I know a lot of people bypass them to prevent future problems. I think the choke thing might have been more of a coincidence than a contributing factor.

Here's a link to an excellent write up that Tom did on bypassing the switches:

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-03-2013, 10:05 PM
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+1 on what Stew said. Typical symptom of a safety switch...
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Either the switch or the side stand is still down when you try to start out.

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thank you gentlemen's, y was thinking was something awful.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-05-2013, 02:13 AM
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i am also with stew,also first thing that came to my mind when i read your post

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