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Gear switch/sensor issue

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I have a 2014 Indian chief vintage with 35000 miles.

A couple of days ago, my bike started experiencing an intermittent problem, which usually happens after the bike has been ridden and warmed up for a while (sometimes the problem exists, other times it does not).

Specifically, when I start the bike in neutral with the kickstand down, the bike turns over, the RPMs go up to their characteristic 1300, and as the RPMs settle down to the warmed up idle speed (700-800 rpm), the neutral gear position quickly changes to first gear, and then back to neutral.

The problem is that when the bike momentarily thinks it's in first gear, the bike stalls because the kickstand is down. I'm able to navigate around this problem by either starting the bike in first gear or starting the bike in neutral with the clutch pulled in.

The display will also switch from neutral to First and back to neutral when the kickstand is up, but it wont stall. Sometimes it will just stay in the false first, before I kick it into real first.

I'm presuming there's an electrical issue or a problem with a sensor which is causing the bike to misidentify itself for a brief moment in first gear. The only error code that the bike displays is the kickstand being in the down position while I'm first gear

The link is a video of the problem. In this video, the kickstand is down. And if you look at the gear reading on the LCD display, you will see it quickly switch from neutral to First, and back to neutral causing the bike to stall.

https://goo.gl/photos/tg82jFXwrXjaKsN28

Someone please help
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If you search you'll find a write up on this. Replaced under warranty at the dealer. rare, but a few have had this problem.
 

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I had the gear indicator switch replaced under warranty. It did not fix the problem
Ah! There is nothing else in the sequence--I think--that would cause this problem other than the gear sensor. Maybe it's a problem with the ECU firmware load? That's what senses the resistance fro the gear sensor to decide that to put on the display. Reflash the ECU? Just a thought for the Dealer.
 
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