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I may be doing something wrong because this is my first bike and I really have no idea about motorcycle maintenance, but I'm having problems starting my wee-strom a week after buying it. I have put 150 miles on it and it has had no problem starting before, but today it keeps shutting off when I try to start it. The engine comes on fine in neutral, but then I pull in the clutch, kick down into first gear, and it immediately "clunks" and shuts off (I'm not releasing the clutch at all). Am I doing something wrong or is this a problem with the bike? If the problem is with the bike, is it a common problem that I would be able to fix in a few minutes (something like loose connections) or should I just give up on riding it for the day and have it taken in for repairs tomorrow? Thanks for the help..
 

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Side stand kill switch???

Is your side stand still down? Check the switch on the side stand to make sure it's engaging when the stand is up.
 

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The bike cannot be in gear, running, with the side stand down. This is normal and a safety feature to prevent you from riding off and trying a left turn with the stand down which can be exhilirating the first time you do so.

If the side stand is up then the issue is with the switch and previously mentioned.
 

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Thanks for the help. You were right about the stand being the problem (or more accurately, I was the problem because I forgot to put the stand up). Not sure if that's newbie mistake or if I'm just a dumbass, but either way, the bike is running fine now and I'm loving it so far.
 
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gargamel said:
Thanks for the help. You were right about the stand being the problem (or more accurately, I was the problem because I forgot to put the stand up). Not sure if that's newbie mistake or if I'm just a dumbass, but either way, the bike is running fine now and I'm loving it so far.
Not a dumbass, just an honest mistake in the learning process; if that's the worst mistake you make you're a better rider than me!

Good luck, and wear your gear.

Cheers, Doug
 

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Not a mistake, just lack of info. Dumbass would be something like forgetting to put the kickstand down before you get off the bike. My friends wife has done this twice, the second time nearly broke her ankle. Yes, she's blonde, but has a very good sense of humor.
 

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Not a mistake, just lack of info. Dumbass would be something like forgetting to put the kickstand down before you get off the bike. My friends wife has done this twice, the second time nearly broke her ankle. Yes, she's blonde, but has a very good sense of humor.
Hehehe, I guess I can be in this elite dumbass club too :oops: :p I'm just a one time member, and that was a long time ago 8)
 

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I had an XT350 once and I sat at a store for a long time kicking it and trying to get it running to no avail. Then, my buddy walked up and asked if I had the kill switch on. Of course I did and after returning it to the proper position, it proceded to fire on the very first kick. :oops: I never made that mistake again as I'm sure you won't either. My advice would be to read the owner's manual very carefully and then when your finished read it again.
 

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gargamel said:
Thanks for the help. You were right about the stand being the problem (or more accurately, I was the problem because I forgot to put the stand up). Not sure if that's newbie mistake or if I'm just a dumbass, but either way, the bike is running fine now and I'm loving it so far.
One good point - you probably won't have that problem again!
However - it works very well as a kill switch when you need to get the bike parked fast so you can assist another rider... (experience with that, too)

Then there is the kill switch, like RubberDown said...
(ask me how I know this...) :oops:
 
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I had an XT350 once and I sat at a store for a long time kicking it and trying to get it running to no avail. Then, my buddy walked up and asked if I had the kill switch on. Of course I did and after returning it to the proper position, it proceded to fire on the very first kick. :oops: I never made that mistake again as I'm sure you won't either. My advice would be to read the owner's manual very carefully and then when your finished read it again.
I had an old Suzuki dirt bike - I forget the model but it was ancient with spring rear suspension on each side. Anyway, I thought I'd be clever and store the bike with the spark plug cap off so if some smartass tried to steal it and ride off, it wouldn't start. Wouldn't ya know I forgot about it after a few months of not riding it and couldn't get the damn thing to start. I kicked it (kick start) so many times I stripped it bolt that the start lever was clamped to. Once I finally figured it out, I got it to start no prob via pop start. Since the kick start was stripped I had to start it that way from then on. :roll: Hey, I was 16 and stupid...not much has changed except I'm older and riding a much nicer Suzuki. :D
 
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