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I can't start in gear with the clutch held in.

I'm aware that some motorcycles, possibly even this one, can't be started in gear with the clutch held in. I want to rig it so that I can. At one point everyone has popped the clutch or the bike was still cold and died at a light. Trying to find neutral at a green light can be dangerous, people getting ****** off or not paying attention at all. There is probably a safety wire somewhere that needs to be grounded or shorted. Does anyone know where that wire would be located and what I should do?

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Its on the side stand Close to where it pivots (side stand safety lockout switch).

Posted on Nov 03, 2012


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SOURCE: bike starts/idles fine in neutral, drop into gear

Did you check to see if the side stand switch is working?

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SOURCE: Neutral light stays on when bike is in gear

i dont understand, the bike shouldent start in gear with the lever out it would jump forward when you hit the start button.. there is nothing wrong with the bike by what you say its just a neutral light, witch is a switch find the neutral indicator switch and replace it and your probelms will go away or test the one you have it should test 13ohms in neutral and OL in gear
let me know how you make out

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