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Clutch lever has no resistance & seems not to do anything. Engine cuts out when put in gear. (sidestand up!)

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Does it have a cable clutch or hydralic clutchyou need a clutch or slave cyclinder.

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Bike starts after charging a flat battery but why does it cut out when attempting to ride?

If you mean why does it cut out when you put it into gear and let the clutch out to ride off, then I would suspect the sidestand switch. Get someone to hold the bike upright and get down on the ground and raise and lower the sidestand. You will see a button switch underneath that is activated by the sidestand. This gets covered in road grime. Spray liberally with WD40 (or whatever) and press the button in and out. If it sticks in the activated position, the bike thinks the stand is down when you try to pull away cutting out the engine. Some make the circuit with the button not pressed and others when the button is pressed and you can see which way yours operates when you look. If the switch is faulty then replace the switch or short it across if activated with stand up, or disconnect if it is operated with stand down. Some bikes also have a similar system connected to the clutch lever.

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When put into gear engine dies

Check your sidestand cut out switch, or clutch cut out switch, one of these !!!

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If you mean that the engine cuts out when you release the clutch (trying to ride away) then check the sidestand switch. This is fitted so when you attempt to ride off with the sidestand down the engine cuts out and is located next to the sidestand under the bike. If it is gunked up with road grime it will stick in the activated position. Wipe it clean and drench with WD40

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I have a 2004 yamaha YZF-R1,when I start my bike in neutral and go to put it in first gear my bike dies.After I start the bike I pull in the clutch and downshift Into first gear from neutral and it just...

I dont think that you are doing anything wrong. Your bike has a side stand safety switch. the switch is designed to cut the engine if you put it in gear while the side stand is down or it thinks that the side stand is down. There is also a clutch lever switch that allow you to start the bike in gear while the clutch is pulled in. I would check the side stand switch first and make sure that the side stand is lifting all the way when you flip it up. If the stand is bent or dry, corroded it may not be activating the switch properly.
Next you should check the clutch lever switch. Make sure that the connector is plugged in properly. Also look underneath the lever and you can check the plunger for the switch to make sure it is moving freely.

If you have recently added different levers or a sidestand this can be the problem. somne of the aftermarket parts have to be worked on in order to get the switches acting properly.

Thanks and I hope that this helps.

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Electrical problems with ignition on 1989 virago xv1100

Hi, Rj0203 the ignition circuit cut-off system comprising of the side stand switch, clutch switch and neutral switch has the following functions:
a. It prevents starting when the transmission is in gear and the side stand is up, but the clutch lever is not pulled.
b. It prevents starting when the transmission is in gear and the clutch lever is pulled, but the side stand is still down.
c. It cuts the running engine when the transmission is in gear and the side stand is moved down.
Periodically check the operation of the ignition circuit cut-off system according to the following tests.
With the engine turned off:
1. Move the side stand down.
2. Make sure that the engine stop switch is set to "RUN"
3. Turn the key to "ON".
4. Shift the transmission into the neutral position.
5. Push the start switch if the engine does not start the neutral switch may be faulty.
With the engine still running:
6. Move the side stand up.
7. Keep the clutch lever pulled.
8. Shift the transmission into gear.
9. Move the side stand down if the engine does not stall you may have a faulty side stand switch.
After the engine has stalled:
10. Move the side stand up.
11. Keep the clutch lever pulled.
12. Push the start switch if the engine does not start you may have a faulty clutch switch.
This check is most reliable if performed with a warmed-up engine.
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Bike runs ticks over in neutral soon as iput in gear cuts out

hi...put kickstand up 1st befor putting in this how bigger hondas work its a safety thing so u carnt ride off with side stand down...but cuts engine if kickstand still down & then wont start as you in gear.....even if kickstand up wont start in gear!!...hope this helps

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2001 Virago 250. Engine starts every time but cuts out when put into gear.Does not seem to be the clutch as it does not **** forward.

Some models have a 'kill switch' if the sidestand is still out. So the contact, telling the bike that the sidestand is it, might be damaged.

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Bike runs in neutral but cuts out when a gear is selected.

Your sidestand switch kills the engine if the bike is put in gear with the sidestand down. If your stand is up and this is happening either the switch is broken or out of position. If it is broken you can twist the wires together until you can replace the switch. If it is just bent out of position you can bend it back carefully.

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I was wandering if I need to replace my clutch.

Have you tried adjusting your clutch cable? If the clutch was bad you would rev the engine in gear but the bike would not speed up as it should because the clutch was slipping. But if your cable is out of adjustment pulling the lever may not be disengaging the clutch. You should find the adjustment at the clutch lever, should be a larger locknut and a smaller adjusting screw. You want about 1/2" of freeplay in the lever before it starts disengaging the clutch.

Did it stall with a big **** like you didn't pull in the lever or did it just die? If it died, maybe the sidestand switch is faulting, killing the engine because it thinks your kickstand is still down.

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