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post #1 of 8 Old 06-05-2008, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped it and now it dies... Help!

I bought a perfect 2006 with only 500 miles for
3500 (pretty good deal to me).

This is the first bike i've ever owned and ridden. I'm learning and doing pretty well but I dropped it.... twice... the first time i was pulling into the driveway and slipped of the clutched and put it on the left side. It broke the hand guard, bent the bars a little and bent the shifter a little. I picked it up and road it around the yard and it seemed to do alright. Then today i was riding down the street and came to a stop, put my foot down but the ground was uneven and i tipped over to the right.

When i got it back on two wheels and idling in neutral I pulled in the clutch and put it in first and it died. Tried again Died. Tried second gear died. So I'm thinking i messed up the clutch. The cable is fine and appears to be working correctly. I know people seem to drop them quite often but never hear of the aftermath has this happened to anyone else? How can i fix it or get it fixed?

BTW this is a great forum. I've been lurking for about a month now, learning what i can, you all seem to know what you're talking about. I really appreciate any help and advise I can get here.

-Brian
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-05-2008, 10:06 PM
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The fact it idled and ran till you pulled in the clutch and put it in gear then let out on the clutch to go, makes me think you damaged the clutch safety switch and it is activating causing the motor to die in gear as you let out on the clutch.

Here is the link that shows how to bypass that safety along with the kickstand safety:
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/Safety_Bypass.pdf

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one thing i didn't mention is that it dies the instant i put it in gear. I don't get a chance to let out the clutch at all... I'm guessing based on that it may not be the clutch safety switch. Unless the switch will kill it without letting the clutch out?
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-05-2008, 10:38 PM
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That sounds like the kickstand safety.... For that safety to work it senses the neutral switch being engaged and lets the motor run. This would be with the kickstand down. If you put the bike into gear, the neutral switch is disengaged and if the stand is down it kills the motor, without letting the clutch out. I am assuming it won't start at all if the bike is in gear?? Only in Neutral?

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HAHAHAHAHA So like i said this is my first motorcycle. Really embarrassing but even more relieving. I was for some reason trying to start it with the kick stand down still. I am glad i got to make a fool of myself on here right off the bat. But thanks DXKLR i would have been frustrated and worried all day tomorrow. I'll have to find an owners manual and read through it.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-06-2008, 12:34 AM
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HAHAHAHAHA So like i said this is my first motorcycle. Really embarrassing but even more relieving. I was for some reason trying to start it with the kick stand down still. I am glad i got to make a fool of myself on here right off the bat. But thanks DXKLR i would have been frustrated and worried all day tomorrow. I'll have to find an owners manual and read through it.
Don't feel bad about that. Last summer I was hanging around town with a bunch of bad ***ss on their sport bikes. This one real bad **ss with his girfriend on the back tried to make a launching type start infront of the crowd on his new bike. After a dozen or so attempts I walked over there and loudly informed him of the kickstand safety switch. He road off quietly and hasn't been heard from since. At least here no one can see you blush. We all have blonde moments sometimes. The more experienced you are the worse the blonde moment is it seems.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-06-2008, 09:54 AM
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Hahahaha...omg so I am NOT the only one that has done the kickstand thing? WOOT!!! All the more reason to by-pass those switches bro. When they go bad, they become very dangerous in a situation where the bike needs to be started immediately while in gear, IE: bike dies in the traffic lane with traffic coming at speed towards you. Don't ask how I know this .

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-21-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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the clutch safety switch can be easily knocked out of adjustment if the bike is dropped on the left side and the hand guard is pushed back, as the bottom of it surrounds the switch, ive done it twice in the woods, my new acerbis rally pro handguards should be here this week to solve the problem
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