TBR7 Motorcycle Won’t Crank In Gear – FAQ

This will be a quick post about your TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport motorcycle won’t start, but the battery is good, especially since you use a battery tender.

TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Dash, TBR7 Motorcycle Won't Crank In Gear so has to be left in Neutral.
TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Dash With Neutral Light Lit.

A Quick Motorcycle Engine Won’t Start Vs Which Gear Check

If the bike transmission is in Neutral, the motorcycle engine will crank(turn-over), but the engine will not crank (turn over) in any other gear(gears 1 through 5). Without cranking/turning-over, your motorcycle will not start.

This motorcycle engine starting issue can have an easy fix.

The motorcycle will only crank the engine when there is no way for the bike to move forward while cranking. Either the motorcycle is in neutral, or the clutch is pulled in.

The clutch is pulled in if the motorcycle senses neutral by cranking but is not sensing.

First Solution: Hold The Clutch Lever In.

If the engine now cranks, that was your problem. The TBR7 motorcycle can now be safely started.

If the bike’s engine only cranks when the transmission is in neutral but not when the engine is in gear, even with the clutch pulled in, then the motorcycle isn’t sensing the hand clutch lever position.

Second Solution: Fix Clutch Position Switch Wires.

On the top of the TBR7 motorcycle’s clutch lever are two wires.

Often, these wires get disconnected while riding, and Reconnect these two wires to their associated posts.

I’ve pinched the contacts to try and close down on them a little better to prevent them from becoming disconnected on my rides.

TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Clutch Position Switch.
TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Clutch Lever Position Switch.
TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Clutch Position Switch Connector Disconnected.
TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Clutch Position Switch Connector Off.
TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Clutch Position Switch
TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Clutch Position Switch Connectors Connected.

Then try again; crank the motorcycle engine while holding the clutch in and the transmission in any gear other than natural.

Did The Motorcycle Engine Crank Or Turn-over?

These steps should solve most problems with the TBR7 motorcycle not cranking while in gear. If you still have problems, contact a motorcycle mechanic, or seek help from one of the online Chonda forums( Need TBR7 help? Upgrade Guides? User Support? We Got You! ) filled with experienced TBR7 owners.

Ride Safe, Ride Fun!

Picture of me, as a New Motorcyclist.
Just Me…Newly Licensed.

Hi I’m Tom, A New Motorcycle Rider and Blog Author.

I am a new rider(Pa Learners Permit at the end of 2020, and I received a Pa Motorcycle License in 2021 after passing a Motorcycle Safety Course).

I bought my first motorcycle, a TaoTao TBR7, at the beginning of 2021 and have been doing upgrades on that motorcycle since.

I added to my motorcycle collection by buying a Boom Vader Gen 2 in 2022, and that Grom-Clone motorcycle has been upgraded by me as well.

I continue to ride my Boom Vader Gen 2 motorcycle as well as my TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport bike.

Read more on my About Me page.

Fun Fact: I’ve only been on one group ride.

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