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post #1 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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A question about turning the bike off.

I have always simply put the kick stand down to turn off the engine & then turn off the key to stop the bike. My son says I should always use the kill switch to stop engine before putting the kickstand down or turning off the key.

Your views on this??

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post #2 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:23 PM
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I use the key. That way I won't forget to remove it.

Kill switches are for emergencies. Kickstand engine stops are weird. :lol:

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post #3 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:25 PM
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Whatever way you want to use works. None of those three methods of killiing the engine will be detrimental to it in any way.

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post #4 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:29 PM
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I do the same or just the ignition switch, I feel that the kill switch over-use is just another electrical gremlin waiting to go wrong.......
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post #5 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:30 PM
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In the MSF class they told us to use the kill switch then the key so that's what I do.

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post #6 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:34 PM
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The MSF teaches the use of the kill switch so it becomes instinctive. The idea is a rider will naturally go for the kill switch if a dropped bike has a running engine. All Stroms have a tip over switch that should automatically turn off the engine of a dropped bike in two seconds. A problem is the TOS does not always work as designed.

The other side of this is mechanical switches wear with use. A couple of people have traced a problem with a CHEC being displayed on the instrument panel on a bike that won't run the fuel pump or starter motor to a bad kill switch or side stand switch. Use of the kill switch every time can wear it out. The side stand has to be used anyway. The ignition switch has to be used every time too.

The question to ask yourself is, do I want to use the kill switch every time to build its use into muscle memory so I'll instinctively go for it if the bike is dropped in case the TOS doesn't work, or do I want to take it easy on the kill switch so I don't wear it out.

Different people have different answers to that question. It's really the only important procedural question on how to shut the bike off.

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post #7 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:52 PM
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Don't they all pretty much do the same? You have to use the kickstand anyway, so whether you go kickstand->ignition or the other way around doesn't really matter. I don't get why you would use the kill switch though, it's called an emergency kill switch for a reason. You also have to rock it twice every time you use it, whereas you only have to turn the ignition once. It seems unnecessary to me to use something that was designed to be used in an emergency and require more actions than simply turning the ignition.

Here they teach you never to use the kill switch unless it's an emergency. Practicing with the kill switch seems unnecessary, you don't need muscle memory for something as trivial as this.

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post #8 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 12:53 PM
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Its an electrical interlock system. Using the stand switch vs the handlebar kill switch makes no difference, its a simple electrical circuit thats all connected.
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post #9 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 01:04 PM
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If you have panniers mounted, the tip switch won't work. Don't ask me how I know.

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post #10 of 50 Old 08-13-2014, 01:15 PM
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I most always use the Ign sw. As soon as I switch off I remove the key & put it in my pocket. This way I'm less apt to walk away with the key still in it. I'm getting absent minded in my old age & have found this a useful habit to get into.

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