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Motorcycle starts and idles fine but when put it in gear and release the clutch the engine dies.

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  • j_currey May 24, 2009

    the bike has been fine but yesterday i drove it up the ramp into my pickup truck so i could transport it. when i tried to ride the bike at my destination, it would not go. this is the first time this has happened and i have not noticed a lack of power.

  • j_currey May 25, 2009

    i pulled the carb, took it apart and sprayed everything with cleaner as you suggested. If it could be removed, i removed it and made sure there was zero gunk in the carb. After replacing the carb I still have the same issue.



    When I release the clutch and the friction zone is reached, it sounds like i lose spark. I can get the RPMs up and let the clutch out and feel a slight pull but the motor dies as if i hit the kill switch. My neighbor suggested that my coil could be faulty but that normally acts up after the coil has been working and is hot.



    The bike idles and revs fine. it doesn't sound like there are any internal issues such as bent or broken valves. This feels like an electrical switch issue.

  • tombones May 11, 2010

    What led up to the problem? Have you been loosing power going up hills?

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I had the same problem once. found out it was the switch under the kick stand it did not release when the kick stand was up. So i cleaned all the dirt from around it and sprayed with oil it worked fine after that

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I think it would be a good idea to service the fuel system. ALWAYS have a fire extinguisher on hand when working with gasoline related items. Remove the petcock, (gas valve) and clean the filter screen.

Drain the carburetor. There should be a screw on the lower side of the carb float bowl. Remove the screw then replace it after the fuel drains. Turn the gas back on and wait a minute for the carb to fill with gas. If the bike doesn't start and run properly then shut off the gas and remove the carburetor from the engine.

Remove the float bowl and clean the entire carb with a spray carb cleaner from the auto parts store. Wear protective goggles to avoid getting spray in your eyes. Spray into all the little airways and fittings in the carb. Remove the idle screw and the air screw on the outside throat of the
carb and spray into the screw holes as well.
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Be sure to put these two screws back in the same hole they came out of. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two adjusters down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each adjuster one and one half turns outward. Put the rest of the
carb back together, clean the air filter and install the carb. Let the float bowl fill then start the engine. This process should get you back on the road. Get back to me if it doesn't.

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