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post #1 of 42 Old 06-24-2019, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Not starting. 06 vstrom

So i ended up dropping the bike on the left side. Ended up breaking the round top of the clutch lever, after picking it up I tried to start it to no avail. I hear the fuel pump turn on so I don't believe it's the kickstand switch, I unplugged and plugged back in the clutch switch and still nothing, doesn't look bent unless something got broken inside the switch. I noticed the clutch lever was a bit tweeked. I tried loosening and then tightening the lever and even the cable underneath but still to no avail. When I put the bike into first and then pull in the clutch it feels like the clutch is (slightly) engaged because the wheels move alittle but but when I put it back into neutral it moves easily and freely. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and let me know if this has happened to anyone else. Thank you!! -Joshua. 2006 vstrom DL650
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I'd disconnect the clutch switch and try jumpering it. That will eliminate the switch as a possible problem.

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Try starting the bike in neutral, if no luck then take a look under the seat at the safety switch that kills the engine when the bike falls over. The switch might not be sitting up in the vertical position therefore the bike still thinks its on its side.

If it does start in neutral, I would take a closer look at the clutch lockout switch then the side stand lockout switch.
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Starting/clutch issue, HELP

So i ended up dropping the bike on the left side. Ended up breaking the round top of the clutch lever, after picking it up I tried to start it to no avail. I hear the fuel pump turn on so I don't believe it's the kickstand switch, I unplugged and plugged back in the clutch switch and still nothing, doesn't look bent unless something got broken inside the switch. I noticed the clutch lever was a bit tweeked. I tried loosening and then tightening the lever and even the cable underneath but still to no avail. When I put the bike into first and then pull in the clutch it feels like the clutch is (slightly) engaged because the wheels move alittle but but when I put it back into neutral it moves easily and freely. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and let me know if this has happened to anyone else. Thank you!! -Joshua. 2006 vstrom DL650
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It is not unusual to have a little clutch drag especially when the oil is cold, the plates don't spin freely.

Just tweaking your leaver like that should make no difference to your adjustments so it could have always been a problem ??

Your clutch has 2 adjustment points, one at your leaver and one down near your front sprocket.

They are both very important, you need some free play in the cable and at the push rod but not too much.

Do a search on this site and you will find the adjustment procedures for your bike but as I said just snapping the end off your leaver should make no difference so it may not require adjustment.

Are you having trouble starting the bike because the clutch switch is not working ???

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if you remove the clutch safety switch and run a wire from contact to contact, you can bypass this feature - eliminating one variable. Have you tried this?

Also, and I know it's kinda a dumb one, but the engine on/off switch on the right grip pod - is it in the 'off' position?

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How would I disconnect the switch and put ( contact to contact)? By chance would you a picture a link to how to do this? Thanks in advance 🙂 I plan on logging alot of miles and posting my travels.
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Thanks for the advice, I'll try to remember to post back on this forum when I check the bike next. 😄
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Am I correct in that you have failed to restart your bike after the drop?
It looks to me as though your kill switch has been activated. Do you have CHEK up?
Otherwise ensure that the clutch lever does actually press the clutch switch.
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Am I correct in that you have failed to restart your bike after the drop?
It looks to me as though your kill switch has been activated. Do you have CHEK up?
Otherwise ensure that the clutch lever does actually press the clutch switch.
What is this "CHEK"???
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