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post #1 of 14 Old 05-17-2008, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Wink Tipover switch question

Hey, I was just wondering...

Since the 'Strom has a tipover switch that shuts off the fuel pump when the bike is keeled over, is it possible that the switch could be activated inadvertently by leaning the bike into a curve at a really steep angle?

That would suck, eh?





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I would say no.

Angle necessary to trigger tip-over switch = crash

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The switch is like a pendulum. Most I've seen are a curved tube with contacts at the end and mercury or a metal ball inside. The g forces of the turn combined with the force of gravity keep it in line with the bike. Now if you were leaned way over and the bike was stopped, that's a different story.

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Now if you were leaned way over and the bike was stopped, that's a different story.
If I was leaned way over and the bike was stopped, I'd sorta be in trouble, eh?

My partner said the same thing as you, that centrifugal force would keep the switch from activating.

Hey, that's a good thing, too!





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I set my bike down in the car park yesterday, and I had to hit the kill switch on the handlebars. Stupid auto-kill switch, if there is one, it doesn't work all that well.

On a brighter note, my frame sliders worked a treat. Not that they slid all that much. More of a 'how gently can you set the bike down' test than a spill :S
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I dropped mine trying to wiggle into a parking spot...at about one mile an hour. The bike was down on it's side for a couple seconds before the engine died. I wonder if there's a timer on it as well. K8.

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I dropped mine trying to wiggle into a parking spot...at about one mile an hour. The bike was down on it's side for a couple seconds before the engine died. I wonder if there's a timer on it as well. K8.
I've noticed the same thing. And have plenty of experience in this regard . . .

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I dropped mine trying to wiggle into a parking spot...at about one mile an hour. The bike was down on it's side for a couple seconds before the engine died. I wonder if there's a timer on it as well. K8.
There might be a timer on it so it doesn't kill the engine if you hit a big hole on the road or something like this?

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There might be a timer on it so it doesn't kill the engine if you hit a big hole on the road or something like this?
It's possible there is a delay type switch. That would be a good idea. The switch must only work at a very steep angle ( like 80 degrees ) just guessing.
However, nothing is to say that the switch couldn't malfunction and cut off sooner. You folks know about that guy named Murphy......??

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