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Dropped bike, strange behavior, weird noises

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I was riding today when I stopped at a local store about 3 miles away from my house. When I stopped, I tried to kick the stand down but my foot got caught or something and the bike started to lean over. I've never dropped it before and I caught it before it hit the ground. I was holding it up, but it was way too far over to pull back up so I tried as gently as I could to lay it down.

Everything was very gentle and I pulled the bike back up and I couldn't see any scratches or anything. As far as dropping it goes, it seems like it went pretty well. So, without thinking of the condition of the engine I went in and bought a few pieces of hardware I needed and came back out. But when I tried to start the bike again it was really tring hard but wouldn't turn over or whatever. Eventually I could feel it "catching" so I gave it some gas and it started well but when I let off it just died again. So I put on the choke and started it again but the same thing was happening so I had to keep giving it some throttle until after about 10 seconds it started to warm or something and caught again.

Everything seemed OK when I headed back home except for it starting to rain but when I slowed to a stop light, I could hear that the bike was acting like the clutch wasn't in even though the lever was fully depressed (the actual lever didn't touch the ground when I dropped it). It died when I came to a stop. I started it up again with the same technique as at the store but now it sounded all gutteral and low like a big cruiser! I looked and all the parts were still there but it just sounded like there was no muffling going on whatsoever. When I took off it felt extremely underpowered and I had to rev it pretty high just to take off.

So now I'm home, soaking wet, with a sore back and a weird bike... Anybody know what's wrong?

Thanks in advance
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I think it was flooded at first. As for the clutch. You may have twisted the leaver and or bar and pulled the cable tight forcing the clutch to partly disengage.
Try it again in a few hours to see if it runs better. Check that you have just a little free play at the clutch lever also.
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