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When i select 1st gear on my honda shadow engine immediately cuts out

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Check your kickstand cutout switch.

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I have an 2000 Honda shadow sprit It starts up fine but as soon as I hit 1st gear it shuts off


Check out the switch on the stand if it is faulty or out of position it will cause engine to shut down when you select a gear,
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disconnect side stand switch to check if that is faulty

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