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I have a 749s 2003 bike. When I go from neutral to 1, it jumps and dies like i do not have the clutch pulled in even when I do. Looks like the plates are moving in and out but jumps forward and dies everytime. When I try and shift directly to 2, it grinds.
Any suggestions are much appreciated.
 

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Have you done any maintenance to this bike's clutch and/or hydraulics recently? It could be a poorly assembled clutch from work done OR simply not enough pressure in your hydraulic system. These bikes are very prone to leaking seals and air infiltration into the clutch slave cylinder. The air bubbles don't compress, so when you pull the lever, you loose a lot of hydraulic force. My guess is, you've simply got old fluid AND/OR air trapped in your clutch hydraulics. If you've not touched the clutch lever and clutch system recently, first thing I'd do is bleed the clutch hydraulics.
 

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I thought the same thing and it was the side stand switch. Bypass the side stand switch and then you'll know for sure.
Not a bad idea, but in this case, the OP was able to get the bike into 2nd gear… so its not the neutral safety switch, which is what the kickstand effects electronically. ;)
 
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