Need To Pull Clutch Lever To Start ..... Even In Neutral? - MVAgusta.net
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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Need To Pull Clutch Lever To Start ..... Even In Neutral?

I thought this was kind of strange when I was shown the starting procedures when I picked up my bike....

But I was told I must pull the clutch lever in whenever I start the bike ..... even when the bike is in neutral.

And this is true .... if I try to start the bike, neutral light on, kickstand down, she will not start if I do not pull the clutch lever in.

The 2010 F4 Owner's Manual, on page 64 states:

One of the following conditions must be verified, in order that the ignition switch system allows engine starting:

--The gears are in neutral.

-- The gears are engaged, the clutch lever is pulled and the kickstand is up.

Is there something wrong with this picture? I mean I'm having issues with my dash NOT allowing me to set the UNITS to MPH and now this.

Do y'all have to pull the clutch lever in to start your bike while she's in neutral?

I have never had to engage the clutch to start any bike I've had when the bike is in neutral.

I'm beginning to wonder if my bike has issues or it was not setup properly ..... or both.

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 08:14 PM
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my experience is that bikes don't always need to be in neutral, but they do need to have to clutch pulled in unless you bypass
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post #3 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 08:44 PM
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I am not sure about the new model,with my 1078 if the bike is in neutral and kickstand up the bike will start without pulling the clutch lever in,Mitch.

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i'll have to double check in the morning, i always pull the clutch
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Many bikes are like this...all Suzukis are. It is a safety thing, just in case the bike is in gear even though the neutral light is on (can happen).

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It is a safety thing, just in case the bike is in gear even though the neutral light is on (can happen).
When I picked up my F4 from the dealer he told me to always pull the clutch in when I start it, he said he had seen a couple of instances when the bike seemed to be in neutral but jumped into gear as soon as it fired. I think its a pretty good habit to get into anyway.
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None of my MV's have needed to pull clutch to start. 2005 F4 (x2) and 2007 Brut.

ALL Suzukis have to have to have clutch pulled in order to start them.

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My wife's new Guzzi is the same - clutch in or no start.


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Does the 2010 / 2011 have a gear indicator?
I'd be saying its a good habit to get into.
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I just got my 2010 f4 and I always have to pull my clutch in to start it.
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