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Kawasaki Ninja 250: runs great; shift into first and it dies.

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Kawasaki Ninja 250: runs great; shift into first and it dies. Like the clutch is stuck. Cant shift into a higher at all.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
Will the clutch slip if you put the bike in a higher gearand push the bike or is the clutch locked up?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No, tried that. Can't even shift it into a higher. Neutral or first is al.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The clutch seems locked up. The lever moves the arm on the side of the bike
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
Are you able to drive in first or just stalls?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The bike has been parked inside for the past two month
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Just stalls. will shift into first but when the clutch is let out is stalls
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not a power problem but seems to be a mechanical problem.
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
It might break loose if it is the clutch plates stuckbut if it won't shift into second gear when the motoris off then the shifter assy might be broken.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Okay, how do I determine that?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The shifter assembly will shift it down into first but that's it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What do you think?
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
It should shift through the gears when engine is off if you just shift it as normally and rock the bike a bit so the gears engage.If it won't shift then your shifter is broken.If it shifts okay but the bike stalls when put in gearwhile running then the clutch discs or plates are stucktogether. They will sometimes break loose on a drive but if not the clutch has to be removed and the plates cleaned up or replaced.Either way the clutch cover may have to come off unless youhave stuck plates which might let go once warmed up and driven.---
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will give it a shot.
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
Sounds like a shifter problem if it won't shift.Check the lever is free.
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
http://cdn1.bikebandit-images.com/schematics/schematics/kawasaki/kaw019/ka-0705-00195.gif
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Wayne: got it working. Ran the rpms up and brute forced it to go. Works now.
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
So, that was quick, must have been stuck from sitting so long.It everything working now?--
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
This is the clutch and plates:http://cdn1.bikebandit-images.com/schematics/schematics/kawasaki/kaw019/ka-0705-00170.gif
Expert:  Wayne S. replied 2 years ago.
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Wayne S
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