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Oil light on - bike won't start

I just bought this bike - 8900 km on it, haven't ridden it yet. I started it yesterday and choked her to warm up (oil light was not on) put her in first and she cut off. when I put her back in neutral and tried to start her the oil light came on and she won't start. haven't gotten any oil for her yet - what I'm wondering is does the bike have a "low oil cutoff" or anything, or maybe I flooded her and thats why she wouldn't start. or maybe I blew the engine and have a $3200 paperweight. the dip stick was showing no oil BTW when I checked it after the incident. and I also know little or nothing about my new motorcycle I have just had a similar experience the engine locked up whilst riding. It sounds like the solenoid problem that Dylan described, when it keeps clicking. I notice the solenoid is connected to the engine fire a heat proof cable. Is this a thermal cutout or a low oil pressure transducer? is it possible that the part in the engine needs to be replaced? Cheers.v

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I will guess that your bike cut off when you put it in gear because you still had the kickstand down. That is normal, it is a safety feature to keep you from riding away with it down and crashing when you make a left turn and the kickstand hits the ground.

To check your oil you have a sight glass. Stand the bike straight up and down and have someone look in the sight glass, it is probably on the lower part of the bike on the right side. The oil level should be above the middle, but not covering the whole glass.

Try this process. Go out to the bike, turn on the key and put it in neutral. Check your kill switch, make sure that is in the run position. Now try and start the bike and report back with what happens.
Does it turn over but won't start?
Does it refuse to turn over?
Do the lights come on the instrument cluster for a few seconds, then go out except for the low oil pressure light (normal for that to stay on unless the bike is running.

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