1999 rebel 250.Just went to pick up from shop. Bike will not crank with side stand down and will not idle with side stand down. Mech said this is normall. I have never had to have stand up to start before. And I can't believe the bike won't idle in netral with stand down. I have always let the bike warm up with the stand down. Whats up is this shop nuts or did he have it in gear? They still have the bike for other things, so I have not been able to check it out more myself.
My 250 Night Hawk will start and run with the stand down in neutral. Put it in gear with the stand down it dies. I think the rebel is suppose to be the same.
With that it sounds like you have a bad stand switch.
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Most bikes have a safety switch that's on the side stand. If you lower it down, and your in gear it will shut off. This is so you can't take off with the stand down. It came in handy one day on my BMW. This is a nice feature, because one day my grandfathers old BMW did not have it and I took off and the stand was not all the way up. This is easy to fix just lightly hit it with your foot and it should fully raise up.