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I have an 83 rm 125 and know nothing about bikes!! I went to fire it up after it sitting for about 8 months and it started right up. Problem is when I went to put it in first gear it cuts out...like the clutch is not engaging.I tightened my clutch cable but still nothing. I checked the tranny fluid and it's almost bone dry!. Could that be why?? Remember I am new to this whole bike thing. Please help!!

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Yes sir that would be the reason i my self have a 2 stroke ts 250 i use automatic transmission fluid for cars in my i have never had a problem all the years i have had mine

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