Why does my scooter starts and runs on the kick stand but dies when off kick stand?

by Matt D
(North Liberty IN US)

I have a 2008 Eagle Motorsport scooter with 1000 miles on it... it ran completely fine before the belt drive broke. I was going down a hill full throttle and the belt broke.

Then it got cold and sat all winter. I recently replaced the drive belt; it's the correct size belt for the scooter. When I put everything back together, it took a little while to start it because it sat all winter, but I did put fresh oil and gas in it.

It starts up and runs completely fine on the kickstand... tire spins fast and everything, but when I take it off the kick stand, it won't take any gas... it dies out.

My grandpa said it's probably the carb and made me take it all apart and it was all super clean. So I put it back together. So, I'm thinking it has something to do with the centrifugal clutch or pads inside the clutch.

I just don't want to spend money on the wrong parts. Any thoughts?

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Oct 19, 2018
Help NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you figured anything out I have same problem

Sep 23, 2010
Safety Switch
by: Jim Zeiser

Check and see if you have a safety switch on your kick stand. It might have gotten crud on it or been dislodged when you took off the side cover.

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