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Either brake kills engine (some electrical issue)

Just bought this bike and when i have the bike on its stand and in gear, if i hit either front or back brake it kills the engine. Any ideas on what kind of an eletrical issue this is? thanks

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  • ioncore May 22, 2009

    found the problem, a couple diodes on the diode assembly were burnt out and was causing all sorts of issues. thanks for the extra advice

  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Take the bike off the stand and try it. If it only happens while on the stand it is a safety interlock to prevent the bike from being driven away with the stand down.

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Try it with the stand up, the bike should shut down if you put it in gear with the stand down.
should run only in neutral with stand down.

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