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I have a 99 SE. Should it start with the clutch pulled? Mine will only start in neutral. My user manuel doesn't say.
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Nevermind. I re-read the book. Iay have a "switch" problem. Clutch, side-stand.... it will not start in gear, clutch in, side-stand up.
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Do you have after market levers or grips? If so that might be your problem. Some after market large grips will not let the clutch lever be pulled in far enough to trip the micro switch to allow it to start in gear with the clutch lever pulled in. Another thing is the brass bushing in the clutch lever can be worn.
I have large foam grips on mine and I need to pull it in a little harder to get it to start in gear.


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Never a good practice to start them in gear. Goldwing or any other bike.
And never ever when bike is cold. ( PERIOD )
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Never a good practice to start them in gear. Goldwing or any other bike.
And never ever when bike is cold. ( PERIOD )
So, I should never start my bike when it's cold?
Man, that's going to save some gas.
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I tried to say that here last week and got a lot of opposition from crowd-sourced misunderstanding- cold and hot starts are different,

I admit to using clutch when Hot, mostly because I park in 1st gear as habit- ever since I watched my baby slowly tumble forward....
off the sidestand.... while adding air to rear tire!
THATS not happening again!

In My Opinion: Using N to start on a normal basis, assures you dont have a few fingers slip off the lever during warmup... = plop goes the Wing!

Of course, if you have stalled the engine at a light = grab the clutch and Hit START- thats why its got an over-ride built on it!
No one expects`you guys` to find Neutral while under duress
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One thing I would never recommend is starting or even running a motorcycle on the side stand without being astride it.

Everything else is what works for you.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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I dont worry about starting and running the Wing on its sidestand, its idles so smooth it must be safe! while my Dads Harley tries to shake the chrome parts off itself!

Centerstand use and getting on the bike = still a mystery process to me.
Either stand is probably sturdier and steadier than these old bits and pieces I call knees and a spine~

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