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The sidestand starts to come down whilst riding

I have a Honda Shadow VT125 - The sidestand starts to come down whilst riding which obviously causes engine cut out. How can sidestand be fixed so it isn't so loose?

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Buy a more tensioned spring thats very dangerous aswell for now but a cable tie around the stand to stop this my dads bike done this and smashed into a wall he couldnt lean over

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Bikes are fitted with a sidestand switch and clutch switch that work together. If you try to ride off with the sidestand down (switch activated), releasing the clutch activates the clutch switch and cuts the engine out. Pull the clutch in and the engine will start on the button only to cut out again if the sidestand switch is activated and you release the clutch.
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To remedy this get someone to hold the bike upright, enabling you to get on the ground and locate the switch. This can be done by raising and lowering the stand whilst looking all along the length of it paying particular attention to where it pivots and around the spring. My bike (also a Kawasaki) has a "pin" that is pushed in when the stand is down. If it gets cloggeed with road grime it also stays pushed in when the stand is raised and then cuts the engine off when I try to ride away. A good wipe around the switch area and a good dose of WD40 remedies the problem.

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