Stalling while going into 1st

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Stalling while going into 1st

Post by mysd455 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:12 pm

Seems my bike, maybe from sitting so long is having an issue, Starts fine in "N" however pulling the clutch level in while shifting into 1st does not clear the gear so to speak and the bike stalls. Even putting it into 1st then pulling the clutch in while starting it does not help. The bike just starts moving forward since the clutch has not been released. ( Again even with the level pulled in) Any ideas how to fix this without pulling things apart? Thanks for any ideas

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Re: Stalling while going into 1st

Post by RexAubrey » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:59 pm

your clutch cable is either broken and needs to be replaced or streched to the point that you need to adjust it. in either case you will have to look at this link
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Re: Stalling while going into 1st

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:17 pm

First.Does the clutch lever 'feel' right? Not too loose?Action on the pull smooth?
If not,tend to the cable and adjustments.
If everything seems ok and the clutch is properly adjusted and bike just grabs at you when you stuff it in gear..Do this.
My 83 would kill the engine when I started in first gear after sitting a week:cry:
I ended up finding that the clutch plates had some oxidized spots on them that would grab the disks and not quite release the basket.It was just a sticky clutch.

My solution was to run MMO in the engine.Get the bike moving,pull in the clutch while in gear and rev the engine a bit.This would force the clutch plates apart.After a day of horsing around with it the sticking clutch problem went away.
Eventually I rebuilt the engine and found the corrosion.
Slipping the clutch a bunch of times just polished the plates back up. :D

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Re: Stalling while going into 1st

Post by mysd455 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:34 pm

I was able to fix it with the help of my 13 and 11 year old daughter LOL. We pushed about 6 feet,then while it was moving a I popped it into gear.Then I put in in "N" started it and for the 1st time in at least 5 years in moved under its own power. Goes right into gear without an issue, smooth as glass.

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Re: Stalling while going into 1st

Post by RoadRogue » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:39 pm

If I read this right ,your bike has been sitting for 5 years. Change the timming belts before you go any further. They are not very expensive ,if one breaks your engine is toast. You should also change out all your fluids, as water has snuck in and contaminatied everything. Check the date code on the tires,Five years is the outside for age/safety. Any signs of cracking or rot and you should not ride on them. Others will chime in with thier advice about things to look out for when bringing a bike out of a long sleep.

I am glad you freed up your clutch, now the fun begins.We are all here to help with any more questions you may have.
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: Stalling while going into 1st

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:25 am

you might want to read through this..doing it all is the best but you can pick and belts for be safe..clean if not rebuild carbs too!!! adnn double check youir brakes..for stopping power and releasing. Note it says 1000 but the same for an 1100



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