New '13 Sertao won't start.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MO4, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. MO4

    MO4 Adventurer

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    I'm in an Oklahoma motorcycle ranch and my new bike doesn't want to start. It's turning over, but that's it. Of course it's the one thing I didn't plan for. It's only 4 days old. I have one bar on my iPhone in the middle of nowhere. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  2. MO4

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    I'm an idiot. It's all good.
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  3. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Ok, what was it :rofl

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  4. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    :lol3 We all have been there....
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  5. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I bet kill switch
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  6. MO4

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    When I came in off the trail the bike stalled out just as I pulled in to camp. I put the side stand on an existing Mountain Dew can and went about my business. When I'd changed and rinsed off I wanted to investigate the stall so I grabbed the clutch and and hit the starter and it just wouldn't crank up. It was turning over just fine. I checked my spark plug and other connections. All good.

    Of course I'd only read a couple hundred reviews and user posts about this bike before I bought one so I was clearly over thinking the problem. After some internet research I went to try it again and the same thing was happening. I checked my fuel line and looked for anything that may have rattled loose on the trail and nothing had. Then I posted here and chilled in my hammock for a few minutes. Then it hit me ...

    Because it had stalled on arrival I hadn't bothered taking it out of gear and because I'd changed clothes I hadn't even thrown a leg over. I was trying to start it in gear with the side stand down. I hopped on, put it neutral, kicked the stand up and it cranked right up. It was a combination of relief and embarrassment.

    Lesson learned.
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