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Start the bike in neutral, pull in clutch and when you put in first gear it dies. Will not start in gear with the clutch in. after the bike runs for a wile and after many attempts it will start working 1983 yamaha virago 500

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Kick stand switch broken or kick stand down my bike is the same way.

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  • Terry Jun 27, 2012

    Kick stand switch broken or kick stand down my bike is the same way.

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I think you have to adjust the clutch cable play to specs of the bike or your clutch plates needs replacement.

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