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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bike delivered today; first gear issue

Well after much anticipation my 900 custom was delivered today. It looks really great with the cafe windshield, engine guards, and lightbar. But there seems to be an issue when shifting from neutral to first. It dies.

1. Turn ignition on.
2. Confirm neutral.
3. Fully pull in clutch.
4. Fully pull in front brake.
5. Retract the kickstand.
6. Start the cycle.
7. Nod to my wife like I'm a badass.
8. Idle for 2 or 3 minutes or until the side of the engine gets warm.
9. Shift into first. Engine immediately dies.
10. Avoid eye contact with my wife. Pretend I don't hear the snicker.

Now interestingly enough if the bike is on a slight incline (like the driveway), it doesn't seem to die. But on a flat street or in a flat garage I experience this behavior 9/10 times. The bike has 10 miles on it, of which I put 0 miles on it.

I found some other threads that suggested the following:
-- clutch tensioning adjustment
-- Kickstand sensor
-- Idle speed adjustment

Do you guys have any ideas on how to narrow down the issue? I am not really mechanical. Off hand though I wouldn't think it's the clutch adjustment...logically it would seem like the bike would try to jump then die if there was a clutch adjustment issue. But the bike just dies.

Maybe it just needs to be run and broken in. Have to learn how to ride though.

Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 01:29 PM
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It's acting like the kick stand is down, so maybe the kick stand switch is defective or there may be some way to adjust it. Just my 2 cent's worth.

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It's acting like the kick stand is down, so maybe the kick stand switch is defective or there may be some way to adjust it. Just my 2 cent's worth.
Thanks for the reply. How does the kickstand sensor supposed to work? Does it cut the engine if the bike is in gear with the clutch being released or does it cut it if the bike is in gear even if it the clutch is fully in?
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The side stand down will always kill the engine if you put it in gear, regardless of clutch lever.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 07:19 PM
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Take it back to the dealer. It's obviously warranty work with only 10 miles on it.
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The side stand down will always kill the engine if you put it in gear, regardless of clutch lever.
Could be just a loose wire on the side stand switch, but it definitely sounds like a side stand switch issue. Should be easy to fix if it is just a loose or disconnected switch.

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