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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Starting with gear engaged

My bike no longer starts with a gear engaged. (Obviously clutch in no side stand.) Anyone else had this or have any thoughts?
Identical feeling to trying to start with kill switch on.
I did have the clutch lever and gear lever replaced by BMW (they were knocked out of place) and it has been since then. Any ideas gratefully received!
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 03:45 PM
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Almost certainly the clutch switch, maybe too much slack in the cable or defective switch. Is the clutch lever OEM, if not it may need to be modified to engage the switch.
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My bike no longer starts with a gear engaged. (Obviously clutch in no side stand.) Anyone else had this or have any thoughts?
Identical feeling to trying to start with kill switch on.
I did have the clutch lever and gear lever replaced by BMW (they were knocked out of place) and it has been since then. Any ideas gratefully received!
Check the sidestand wiring, could be a loose wire down there on that switch?

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All parts fitted by BMW dealer. I’ll get the bike back to them to look at, hopefully a simple fix. Thanks.
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Just to clarify, does it start ok in neutral?

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Just to clarify, does it start ok in neutral?
Also (assuming that it does start in neutral):

Does the engine die when you shift into gear?

If so, then it's the side stand switch. If not, then the side stand switch isn't to blame.

The same applies to the clutch switch. Interlock switches are binary beasts - either they work or they don't.

We really need more info as to what does and does not work..

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Yes always starts in neutral and no dying out with gear changes. No problems at all except if I happen to stall in 1st as our 310’s can occasionally do I can’t restart imm clutch in. Testing further at no time can I start with a gear selected. Only ever in neutral. Same behaviour as if the kill switch us on. Ie nothing.
Thank you for all your suggestions so far!
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I know what you mean, on my very first ride on this bike I stalled across a line of oncoming cars, was very grateful to find the bike would start in gear with clutch in so I could skedaddle out of there.
Still sounds to me like a clutch switch, please let us know what you find. Cheers.

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As Alice said - curiouser and curiouser.

What happens if you put the sidestand down with the engine running and in gear (clutch disengaged, obviously)?

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Tick, a wire problem at the prop stand put my engine light on, fixed now but as bm`s didn't put a bit of silicon on the socket to try make it water proof, I did.
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