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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2007, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Neutral problem

my bike 2000 (750) wont go into neutral.....i know its in neutral but the green light doesnt come on and when i start it as soon as i let go of the clutch it dies out (like the bike was in gear)....can some one please help
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If the kick stand is down it will shut the bike off while releasing the clutch. Not sure if it's related.

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all i know is that its supposed to start with the bike in neutral with the kick stand down (without holding the clutch) but now it wont start unless the clutch is in and when i let it go the bike dies......all while in neutral...but no green light comes on
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all i know is that its supposed to start with the bike in neutral with the kick stand down (without holding the clutch) but now it wont start unless the clutch is in and when i let it go the bike dies......all while in neutral...but no green light comes on
Hmmm - how do you know you're in neutral then? I'm guessing when the bike's not running, you can move it freely without putting in the clutch? Could be a couple of problems, not necessarily related:
1. Your light bulb for neutral may be burned out. I had a similar problem with Orleans (gee, I say that a lot now, don't I?), lost my neutral and my high beam indicators on the dash -both bulbs were out. I replaced all six at once, just 'cause it's a hassle to get into the dash.

2. Check your sidestand switch - it may be "off" somewhat and thinking your bike is in gear when it's not. The little switch/plunger thing should move freely - when the sidestand is up, the plunger should pop out.

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yep, sounds like sidestand switch on top of the neutral sensor to me.

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I'd say kickstand switch, I think I have a spare if you need one.....LMK

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Check to make sure you don't have the nuetral switch wire knocked off. It's under the back of the engine. The same thing happened to me last year, I'm not sure if a rock hit it or what.
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There's a reason I bypassed both safety switches...

Then again, neither worked the way they were supposed to (the clutch lever one would only let you start the bike with the lever OUT).

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Also, my '99 had a gummed up clutch lever switch. There is a little button if you pull the clutch lever that should stay in contact with the lever. Mine didn't; cleaned it off and the bike starts in any gear with the clutch pulled open.
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