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I have a 1989 KX250 that sometimes hangs in gear. When started in neutral, I pull in the clutch and shift to first and it jumps and dies like the clutch was not pulled in. After rocking the bike with the clutch in it will usually release and work normally for a short time.

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If the clutch lever is properly adjusted, this is normally what happens if the gearbox oil is extremely dirty. Do and oil change then ride for 30 minutes. Then change the oil again to help flush out the dirt. If that doesn't help, then the clutch pressure plates are warped or the cork on the fiber friction plates is swollen from using synthetic lubricants in the gearbox. Check the plates and replace as needed.

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