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ryan.vulcan.800 wrote at 2007-08-20 22:46:45
i have a 1998 vulcan classic. the problem is the kickstand safety switch that keeps you from driving with your kickstand down. mine did that for the first month on and off of driving at the first of this season. it probably just needs lubed. mine fixed itself, and I didn't realize what it was until a friend had a similar issue.

MarkO wrote at 2008-07-24 19:32:49
I also have a 1996 Classic and the following has happened to me before. There is a button switch that is activated by your kickstand that sometimes will stick in the in position that will cause your engine to die. It gets sticky with oils. Clean it with some carb cleaner or something similar and I bet your probelm will be taken care of.



Mr Fygg (VN800 California) wrote at 2009-10-30 17:03:50
All of the ideas above are great, but may cost you a little money. I have a 98 VN800, and have experienced the same problem. I am willing to bet that if you put your kickstand down and tried to pull away  as though it were up you would get an identical result. There is a spring loaded switch that is set to release when your kickstand goes up. It is located near the front end of the kickstand, and it can get gummed up. Get someone to hold the bike steady for you, put the kickstand up, find the switch, and spray it with some WD-40 or the likes. get it moving freely and try again. If this doesn't fix it, go with the expensive stuff above.

Jon wrote at 2010-01-24 21:32:40
I'm sure you have figured this out by now but it was probably the safety switch on the kickstand. Your bike thinks thinks the kickstand is still down. I'm a little late I know. Just trying to find the answers to something else and I ran into this.

markh wrote at 2010-02-15 12:31:05
I own same bike and had same probleme mine turned out to be caused by a sticking kickstand cut off switch it is located on the frame at the top of the stand  

Darkhorse wrote at 2010-03-09 05:41:05
Had similar problem.  You might want to check the switch on the kickstand.  It is a safety switch that pops out when the kickstand is up.  Keeps you from driving off with it down, sometimes it gets stuck and it doesn't.  You should be able pull it out by hand.  Good luck

stonecoldsteele wrote at 2012-12-23 20:02:58
If you are still having a problem with it sticking, then just bypass it altogether.

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