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I have a strange problem, when i let the clutch out!

I have a strange problem, when i let the clutch all the way out the bike starts to miss fire but when the clutch is in it runs fine! if i ride the bike slipping the clutch it will ride fine, so it seems to be just he last inch or so on the clutch that makes it do it??? i'm baffled!!

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  • toethehunt Jun 27, 2009

    i don't think this is the problem, it has been running fine for the last 8 monthes an has only started doing this now. it is a p reg 96 Honda cb500i don't know the model number or letter cos its not strictly mine lol i think it may be electrical like something to do with the ' electrical switch built in to the clutch lever assembly' but if u start the bike and disconect this switch the problem persists! do u think there could be a short in the bk of the headlight to do with this switch that would make the pronblem happen even when the switch is disconected?

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This is a strange problem. As such, you gotta agree to give me at least a "Helpful" rating even if we don't end up with a fix. After all, I am trying to help.

All that being said, I think the problem is in the carbs. The bike is running lean in the low rev range and now you are putting a load on the engine. I can't identify if your carbs are CV carbs ( Vacuum controlled carb slides), or standard carbs with throttle controlled slides. Assuming standard carbs, For each carb; remove the carb cap and pull out the slide. Now move the clip on the top of the jet needle down one notch. This will richen the low end fuel mix. Now there is more power to handle the load on the engine. Two notches may be needed but start with one.

EXACTLY what bike do you have; i.e. "1996 Honda CBR500 SE" or "1996 Honda CBR500 R6"
Also, is there an electrical switch built into the clutch lever assembly?

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  • tombones Jun 27, 2009

    That's why I asked if the clutch lever had a switch. But, if you have disconnected the switch with no success, I am like you in that whatever it is is a shot in the dark. Try the carb thing. No money is involved so nothing is lost in trying. Drain the carbs also. There could be water in the gas. Check the neutral switch connection and kill switch connections / function.

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