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I have a xv535 that has sat for some years. athough the bike has started with no hesitation i cant seem to get the bike to continue running when i put it in gear. we have tried the tricks to un stick the clutch plates but the problem continues. our next step was trying to re adjust the cluctch cable. do you think this is my problem and if so can u tell me the method of adjusting at the top and bottom of the cable. the cable coming out of the clutch lever was cut. is this a neutral safety switch? could a faulty switch be the reason for my troubles?

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The neutral switch is wired from gearbox selector barrel, internally.
Clutch normally binds when left unused even for a week for some bikes. Oil choice can help but not markedly.
Top and bottom clutch cable is adjustment for free play (top) and amount of take-up and return (bottom).
The wire or cable (if electrical) is to ensure bike cannot be STARTED in gear with clutch engaged.
Issues maybe arising from gummed carby's, some carby cleaner flush should sort it out. Check also inlet manifold has not cracked or split.

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