Question about 2001 Suzuki GSX-R 600

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Bike runs in neutral but cuts out when a gear is selected.

My suzuki gsxr 600 cuts out when i select a gear whith the clutch held in

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  • denniscarl Apr 15, 2009

    I have replaced the sidestand switch with a new one but to no avail.

    The problem is elswhere.

  • denniscarl Apr 16, 2009

    Apologies for rating comment ,first time on this site and clicked on what popped up when i pressed No.So thanks for trying. We replaced the switch as the old one looked a bit "worse for wear", and we had run out of ideas for solving the problem.Could it be a mechanical problem?


  • denniscarl Apr 16, 2009

    (bike is up on axle stands).

    Clutch in - starts and runs fine in neutral.

    Clutch in - engine running, select gear, enging cuts out immediately.

    Clutch in - not running, in gear, engine will not turn on start button.

    With bike in gear, clutch in, engine not running - rear wheel is difficult to push round by hand.

  • denniscarl Apr 16, 2009

    Thanks for your advise. We have the manual and will check it out. Will let you know the outcome. Regards.

  • soulcarrots Apr 21, 2009

    Exactly the same, i have checked switch and tried another replacement and replaced the indicator/sidestand relay but still not working.checked manual and could be clutch sensor, or gear sensor or even cdi unit. help!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    I have a similar sort of problem with my 1991 aprilia 600. I have just finished rebuilding it. It started up nicely in neutral and runs sweetly. I noticed a problem when I engaged it into gear. It stalled. I then pulled the clutch in and pushed it but the rear wheel is locked. I tried again in other gears - same problem.
    Any clues?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    bike jerks in every gear at low rpm. 2000 gsxr 600.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    when i get in to performance riding i loose power after the bike is running at higher RPS



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Your sidestand switch kills the engine if the bike is put in gear with the sidestand down. If your stand is up and this is happening either the switch is broken or out of position. If it is broken you can twist the wires together until you can replace the switch. If it is just bent out of position you can bend it back carefully.

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    Dick Apr 16, 2009

    Go re-read the ratings FAQ and rate this solution appropriately. The sidestand switch is THE most likely cause of your problem. If that didn't work the minimum rating is thanks for trying. You should have said in your post that you already tried it. If you repaced the switch without testing your existing switch after reading the solution, why? Always test before you simply replace things.

    Fix the rating and we can go from there, otherwise good luck.

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    Dick Apr 16, 2009

    Does the bike's engine die, or does it **** like the clutch is not disengaging? Can you start the bike in gear with the clutch held in? What happens when you try, starter turn but won't fire, or starter will not engage? Can you push the bike while it is in gear and the clutch is in?

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    Dick Apr 16, 2009

    I keep going back to that sidestand switch, there is nothing else that would make the bike die immediately when put in gear. Maybe one of the wires going to the connector is broken?

    The side stand diode is integrated into the turn signal relay, have you checked that? If you have a service manual you'll find the procedure in the electrical chapter (manual available here). If you're looking in the manual at the link I provided the relay diagram is on page 7-16 (333 of the .pdf). There are a couple other things to check in that circuit too, starting on page 7-14 (331 in the .pdf).

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    Dick Apr 16, 2009

    If you happen to be on a very slow connection and can't get that manual for some reason, post a comment with some contact info via email and I'll get the two or three pages that might help you.

  • John Diggens Apr 29, 2013

    Hey I know this thread is old as hell but hopefully somebody will see this. I have exactly the same problem described above on my CB250, was running great then just died out of nowhere while riding. Will fire up in neutral, but as soon as I select 1st (or 2nd) it cuts out- I read a few threads on here different bikes very similar problems all seemingly coming to the same sidestand conclusion. Here's my problem - It's definitely not the sidestand. The CB250 has a dash light that comes on when the switch is engaged, and that light working fine (on when stand is down, off when stand is up) leads me to believe the switch is working. Was very hopeful because as well stated above and a perfect match for what I was thinking "I keep going back to that sidestand switch, there is nothing else that would make the bike die immediately when put in gear." - At least nothing I know of. As re: sidestand switch integrated in turn signal relay- The turn signals work fine, which adds to my doubt that this is related to the switch. Is there ANYTHING else that will immediately kill the engine as soon as it clicks into a gear?



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