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My name is james, i have a 1982 yamaha xt550 that

My name is james, i have a 1982 yamaha xt550 that has a few problems, 1st when i put it into gear it dies. 2nd i can only ride the bike, when it goes, for about a mile before it starts cutting out and dies. when it cools a bit it will start right back up. but continues to cut out and die. where should i look for the problem. thank you for your help

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  • jj_specialti May 14, 2009

    I have already bypassed the kick stand switch. that was my first thought as well, any other clues will be helpful, thanks

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The first place to look is the Kick stand safety switch,This will cause the problems you are having,If it is going bad or not contacting completely.(You can bypass to test it,if need be )

Check that and then post back if you still have any problems.

Posted on May 13, 2009

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    Randy Hough May 14, 2009

    Have you check for clutch disengagement,The clutch switch,and neutral safety switch?

    Also,If you wired the kick stand safety wire together,Try with them separated,Some work by completing the circuit while other work by breaking the circuit.

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I had the same problem with a suzuki 550 in the 80's never found out what it was but got it fixed by a shop for about $100.
but you might check for vapor lock

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Replace the coil. I had the same problem.

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