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Hi and thank you for your question.
I have a question for you however. Has this bike been sitting un-ridden for a period of time?
The rasping sound does not sound like a description I have heard before. The rest of your description definitely sounds like a battery that is in a discharged state or is old and no longer has sufficient cold cranking amps to start the bike. Is the battery old too?
Let me know and we can take it from there.
If the battery is old, replace it. That is definitely a symptom of a weak battery.
The side stand switch is not going to make it act like it is stuck in gear.
However, keep in mind that both transmission shafts have to be spinning for the gears to change. Motorcycles use a constant mesh transmission that have dogs (lugs) on the sides of the gears that it uses to change gears in the transmission. If those dogs happen to line up with each other, the gears will not shift. They need to interlace so to speak for the gear box to work. If the engine is not running and it is in gear, it is not uncommon to have to rock the bike back and forth while operating the shifter pedal to get it out of gear.
Yes. And if you need more help, just add to this thread and I will get back with you.