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2003 honda 750 ace, with the clutch lever pulled back when you put it in gear the engine dies.

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Check you side stand safety switch. If it is unplugged, removed, or malfuntioning, the bike's system will think the side stand is down and kill the engine when the bike is put into gear.

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