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    I just bought my wife a '02 TW and she loves it already! It's been sitting for a while now because of the weather and apparently it sat a bit with the previous owner.



    It fires right up but even after several minutes of idling, I'll pull in the clutch to put it into gear and as I pull in the clutch, the neutral light will go out and the bike dies. It won't do this all of the time, but a good 3 out of 5 times it will. Is this a mechanical problem where I have to adjust the clutch or is this more an electrical problem?



    Also, when it is in 1st or second gear, it is hard to find neutral sometimes (related/unrelated to the first problem?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoolander View Post
    I just bought my wife a '02 TW and she loves it already! It's been sitting for a while now because of the weather and apparently it sat a bit with the previous owner.



    It fires right up but even after several minutes of idling, I'll pull in the clutch to put it into gear and as I pull in the clutch, the neutral light will go out and the bike dies. It won't do this all of the time, but a good 3 out of 5 times it will. Is this a mechanical problem where I have to adjust the clutch or is this more an electrical problem?



    Also, when it is in 1st or second gear, it is hard to find neutral sometimes (related/unrelated to the first problem?).


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    Quote Originally Posted by zoolander View Post
    I just bought my wife a '02 TW and she loves it already! It's been sitting for a while now because of the weather and apparently it sat a bit with the previous owner.



    It fires right up but even after several minutes of idling, I'll pull in the clutch to put it into gear and as I pull in the clutch, the neutral light will go out and the bike dies. It won't do this all of the time, but a good 3 out of 5 times it will. Is this a mechanical problem where I have to adjust the clutch or is this more an electrical problem?



    Also, when it is in 1st or second gear, it is hard to find neutral sometimes (related/unrelated to the first problem?).
    Tw's have a strange electrical glitch. They will die if the clutch handle vibrates against the clutch safety switch. That may be whats happening with your bike. Perhaps the switch is not making good contact as it transfers from normally open to normally closed.



    try jiggling the clutch handle does it die then also? Does it die when driving on washboard? If so you might try replacing the switch or just disable it although that means the bike starter will engage while in gear.

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    Things like the clutch actuated ignition cutout switch and the side stand ignition cutout switch are solutions to non existent problems.

    Un fortunately some time in the past, some dweeb of a congressman embarrassed himself by pressing the starter with the bike in gear and the clutch engaged.

    Rather than admitting that this was a learning situation and getting on with life, he resolved to try to make it impossible for anyone to have this valuable learning experience in the future by a law mandating these switches on all bikes. Thereby condemning the rest of us to two more possible electrical glitch problems from wear and vibration.



    Some people were simply not meant to ride, their tiny brains cannot possibly cope with the responsibility of learning from mistakes.





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    I read years ago in "Thumper Talk" that the TW is known to do this. You may notice that it is somewhat glitchy in getting back into Neutral. I do know that if you have it at idle and forgot to raise the kick stand it will die when you let out the clutch. The safety switch on the kick stand. It is just one of the "DUHS" that come with the TW.

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    Thanks for the input to all. I'll figure it out with the direction given. First order of business though is getting the carb off for a good cleaning...(see next post )

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    make sure the kick stand is up before putting it in gear.......
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