Hi, Roadstar1761 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.
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.
With the engine turned off:
1. Move the side stand down.
2. Make sure that the engine stop switch is set to "RUN"
3. Turn the key to "ON".
4. Shift the transmission into the neutral position.
5. Push the start switch if the engine does not start the neutral switch may be faulty.
With the engine still running:
6. Move the side stand up.
7. Keep the clutch lever pulled.
8. Shift the transmission into gear.
9. Move the side stand down if the engine does not stall you may have a faulty side stand switch.
After the engine has stalled:
10. Move the side stand up.
11. Keep the clutch lever pulled.
12. Push the start switch if the engine does not start you may have a faulty clutch switch.
This check is most reliable if performed with a warmed-up engine.
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1. How do you know that there is water in a cylinder?
2. Check for spark. Harbor freight has a cheap spark checking tool.
3. Check for gas. Should be able to pull the fuel line off the injector pump and turn the key on. fuel should come out.
caution******dont do both at the same time
Most likely if it cranks (engine turns over) but doesn't start, one of the two above is not happening, although, it could also be an injector pump.
That vintage of motorcycle I would be checking the plug wires and plug caps for breakdown. Find the darkest place at night, rev your engine and look for arcing from your wires to the engine. It's also time to check for any deterioration of rubber hoses and components. Beautiful bike you have there!!