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post #1 of 15 Old 11-26-2010, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Engine dies when put into Gear

I have a 2003 Rebel 250 and have been riding it a few miles each day. I had taken it about 4 miles to the library and after a few hours I got back on. It started up nicely, but when placed into first gear the engine died suddenly.
That is basically the problem. The engine starts up seemingly very well, and remains running. But When it is placed into 1st gear (or second) the engine dies right away. And yes I make sure the kickstand is up, the clutch, and brake are engaged, and it has been warmed up properly. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-26-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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check your kickstand switch.
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-26-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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Yep, just because the kickstand is up doesn't mean the switch is activating correctly. Could be not aligned right or switch is bad.

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+1 what he said.

I'm not at home to be able to look a the gauge cluster to see if there is a sidestand indicator light or not. If there is one, check to see that the light is going out when you raise the sidestand.

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+2 based on all the info.

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post #7 of 15 Old 11-26-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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My '03 doesn't have a light for the kickstand....done that a few times, put it in gear and it dies....wtf....oh, duh!!

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post #8 of 15 Old 11-26-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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The Shadow has a bad kill switch so my wife uses the kickstand to turn off the bike.
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-27-2010, 12:03 PM
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Sometimes the plunger on the switch gets gunked with road grime and doesn't fully extend when the sidestand is raised. Cleaning and lubricating with a non greasy lubricant such as spray silicone or dry wax will fix the problem.

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post #10 of 15 Old 11-27-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Those sidestand and clutch switches can be problematic, mainly due to corrosion. Sometimes they can be cleaned, or you can replace them, or you can just remove them and jumper the wires. But if you do that, you are going to have to remember to put the sidestand up before you take off, and make sure it is in neutral or the clutch is pulled in before starting it.
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