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stalls on side stand

I have a '96 VN750 and i know its supposed to do this when in gear but this is happening when in neutral, when its on the side stand it stalls 9 times out of 10 unless i have the clutch pulled in, when i let it out it dies or it sits at really low RPMs and acts like it wants to do nothing but stall. Do i just need to clean(or bypass) the kickstand switch? Or is there possibly another problem?

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I have a '96 VN750 and i know its supposed to do this when in gear but this is happening when in neutral, when its on the side stand it stalls 9 times out of 10 unless i have the clutch pulled in, when i let it out it dies or it sits at really low RPMs and acts like it wants to do nothing but stall. Do i just need to clean(or bypass) the kickstand switch? Or is there possibly another problem?
Carb issue.....iirc, someone previously had the same issue.


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Carb issue.....iirc, someone previously had the same issue.

So would a good few doses of seafoam do the trick or would i need to take it to the shop and have them pulled and cleaned?(i say that cuz i dont have the tools to sync them or the knowledge)

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So would a good few doses of seafoam do the trick or would i need to take it to the shop and have them pulled and cleaned?(i say that cuz i dont have the tools to sync them or the knowledge)
Yes, Seafoam is always the best first approach for carb issues.....


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Check how much your tire spins with it on the center stand in neutral. It's ok for it to turn a little, but if you find it hard to stop with your hand, adjust your clutch lever in a quarter turn. Then clean your carbs if needed.

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Not going to recommend it because of all the safetycrats around, but I eliminated both my sidestand and clutch nanny switches. Does it stall while sitting on it in an upright position with the sidestand down? If so does putting the sidestand up stop it? When sitting on the bike in gear with the clutch in, does it want to creep forward?

If moving the sidestand stops the problem, it's that switch. If it tries to move forward in gear with the clutch in, it's the clutch. Mine had warped plates that caused that problem. If it is neither one of these, it could be the carbs, but the fuel level in the carbs should still be high enough while on the centerstand.

I would check everything else before paying someone to remove and clean the carbs. It's likely to be expensive. Synchronizing the carbs is easy. The tool costs less than having someone else do the job, then you have it for next time. Or you could do all the rest of the work and just take it to a shop to get the carbs synced.

But, it is better to track it down methodically, one thing at a time, instead of making guesses and replacing parts. That can get expensive in a hurry.

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Sounds to me like a clutch adjustment issue....and maybe a too low idle speed.

Why is your bike running while on the sidestsnd? Are you saying it won't idle sitting still on the stand? And runs fine holding the bike up with the sidestsnd up, in neutral and clutch lever out?

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Why is your bike running while on the sidestsnd? Are you saying it won't idle sitting still on the stand? And runs fine holding the bike up with the sidestsnd up, in neutral and clutch lever out?
yes thats what im saying, although even when sitting on it and holding it up it has a bit of an idle problem which i assume is a carb issue which i will be addressing here soon, i just didn't know if it cutting out while leaning on the side stand(in neutral) was the same problem or if it had something to do with the safety switch. But from what i've gathered from everyone is its the carbs.

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idle should be set to 1100RPM. start there.

If your clutch is not the issue, then you should take one step at a time to troubleshoot it.

Let us know what you find out about the clutch first.
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idle should be set to 1100RPM. start there.

If your clutch is not the issue, then you should take one step at a time to troubleshoot it.

Let us know what you find out about the clutch first.
once she warms up a bit she idles fine while im sitting on her holding her up(clutch out in N), but no matter how warm she gets once i set her on the sidestand she cuts out after a few seconds(clutch out in N). Clutch should be fine, i already got that adjusted when i got my forks redone, put a few oz. of seafoam in the tank yesterday, i'll let the seafoam do its job and see if that helps.

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