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RE: Kickstand down bike shuts off?

Hi Brian,

It sounds just like mine.  Yep, kickstand has to be up in order to start.
My Honda will start with the kickstand down, but will die when you put it in
gear.  I like the Jap version better.

Hollywood, FL
'99 R1100RT Mr Buzzy
'95 F3 Purple Haze
'00 KLR250 Super Sherpa Tenzing

Brian asked:

I was out on my "new to me" 99 RT yesterday zipping around town doing
errands and after one particular stop the bike would shut off just like
I turned the key?  Here is the scenerio I hop on the bike, fire it up
and put it in gear when it shuts down. With the clutch pulled in it
won't start in gear so back to neutral and it starts,  put it in gear
and bike shuts down.  I finally figured that the kickstand must have
some sort of kill switch in it as when I pull up the kickstand and the
bike works fine, is this normal operation with the kickstand being
down?  The bike didn't come with an owners manual or tools
(ex-authority) so I've been fishing on my own.