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If you know it's the side stand switch, most switches are in and Open or Closed state. When the stand is down, I'm going to guess the circuit is open, and when you put the stand up the circuit is closed. It's one or the other right?
So if you're stuck, I'd first try disconnecting the switch and see if the bike starts then. If that doesn't work then you can try shorting out the switch so it closes the circuit and you can start the bike. I'm not familiar with the actual electrical socket on your bike but see if putting some aluminum foil across the prongs will close the circuit for you and you can start the bike? If that works, get a new switch. Good Luck.

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c. It cuts the running engine when the transmission is in gear and the side stand is moved down.
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a. It prevents starting when the transmission is in gear and the side stand is up, but the clutch lever is not pulled.
b. It prevents starting when the transmission is in gear and the clutch lever is pulled, but the side stand is still down.
c. It cuts the running engine when the transmission is in gear and the side stand is moved down.
Periodically check the operation of the ignition circuit cut-off system according to the following tests.
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1. Move the side stand down.
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b. It prevents starting when the transmission is in gear and the clutch lever is pulled, but the side stand is still down.
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With the engine turned off:
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Hi, Nunjazx12 the ignition circuit cut-off system comprising of the side stand switch, clutch switch and neutral switch has the following functions:
a. It prevents starting when the transmission is in gear and the side stand is up, but the clutch lever is not pulled.
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The side stand switch can work in cojunction with a clutch switch.
It still sounds like a side stand problem, check the wires and plug, use a multi meter to check the switch. If you didnt check it that way.
The switch may work but the stand is not pushing the contact far enough

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Assuming it is not clutch drag with the bike jumping and stalling when put in gear

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