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Old 07-30-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default Bike dies when I put it into first

I have a 1986 yamaha virago 700cc that I've had for a few months now. It was serviced right before I purchased it and has been running great since I bought it. Recently however I have been having some problems. The bike starts up fine but as soon as I shift into first the engine cuts out. I've checked the kickstand sensor as well as the clutch one and everything seems to be fine. Anyone have any other ideas as to what might be the problem?
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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Those are the only two switches that should cause this problem. Have you tried completely bypassing each one (at a time, to find the culprit[s]), rather than just a continuity test?
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Shift into second and see what happens. Sounds like your clutch is dragging something awful.
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Shift into second and see what happens. Sounds like your clutch is dragging something awful.
Wouldn't that be obvious if the bike lurched forward before it died every time he put it in gear?
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:55 PM   #5
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also the bike won't let me start with the clutch pulled in in first gear. It's also difficult to shift at time which makes me think that the clutch plate is stuck together. Would that cause the bike to stall?

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