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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2012, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Stalling in 1st gear question

Hey, it's Mike the new rider again. I was riding around the neighborhood today when I stalled at a stop sign. I was in 1st, pulled the clutch in, and hit the start button and got nothing. My bike would only start when in neutral with the clutch out. The bike I learned on at the MSF didn't do this and now I don't remember if our bikes are supposed to do that or not. You guys are the veterans, is this normal? I haven't stalled much while learning so I can't remember.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2012, 04:42 PM
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Sounds like the clutch safety switch on the lever, check the connections are good.
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Depending on how your clutch is adjusted, and the issue that some have with starting the engine while hot, you might have to put it in neutral to start it. It is not recomended to start it in gear anyway.

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once you get it started again in neutral, does it stay running, or stall right away again once you put in in 1st and let oust the clutch?

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The bike stays running in neutral. I looked at the clutch safety switch and the plastic plunger piece (I can't think of the word) that comes out looks to not be coming out all of the way. I am guessing that is what it is because when I pull on the plunger piece, I can start it in first. Do you think it might be the way my clutch was adjusted? I don't know now if it's this piece or if my clutch isn't adjusted properly. Would that make a difference? I looked at the clutch and the adjuster wasn't tightened at all and could be moved with my fingers. Was my mechanic supposed to leave it like that?

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If your mechanic did anything to your clutch he should have adjusted it properly, if the switch is working when you pull on it then it may need a new one, have a check in the manual to see how to adjust the clutch cable,
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My 750 had that problem when i bought it years ago. Eventually I discovered bad connection/contact at the switch by the Clutch lever. Cleaned contacts/reseated the plug ....fixed the problem.
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Thanks guys. Guess I'll be looking at that service manual somebody posted in a thread to see how to take it off. What did you use to clean the contacts William? Did you lube them after?
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if the engine is very hot then such problems may occur, but if not then check the connections of the clutch. because usually bike starts on the 1st gear.
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I tried it on a cold start with the clutch in just to see and the bike started in first gear. I'm guessing that when the engine is hot, this is common with this model?
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