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post #1 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Ever break your kickstand switch?

I just did. I imagine it's not a part that is broken often, as the type of slide that would destroy it would likely destroy the rest of the bike.

I took off my bash plate to bend it back into shape after hitting some rocks on some offroad adventures. My sledgehammer needs some TLC, so I postponed putting the bash plate on until tomorrow. However, I put the bolts back in to keep the kickstand working, just in case I needed to ride.

Well, the bash plate came with the bike so I'm not the one who installed it. If I were, this would never have happened. The bolts that come with the bash plate are longer than stock, and when you torque them down without the bash plate metal & washer, the screw will press into the kickstand switch and kill it.

Do you happen to know how much this piece costs, how available it is, and if there's a wire harness that it can unplug from? Otherwise, when I get a new one I'm just going to cut the wires, solder, and shrink-wrap.

Man, this sucks. Anybody have a totaled out Vstrom they can pull the switch from for me? It's held in by two 10mm bolts, that's it. I can't ride without it. The bike will die when I switch from neutral to 1st.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 03:22 AM
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i would think the switch would be the same part used on many suzukis . i cant imagine they would make a v strom specific switch .

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ride the bike

you can still ride the bike by connecting the two wires that go to the switch together

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 06:37 AM
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Here's mine: Duct taped "closed" and wire-tied to my shift shaft. I don't use it anymore..........

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 09:31 AM
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I have not (yet), but on the 2007 "Gathering of the Stroms" at the Tail of the Dragon, a fellow I was riding with did. He was on a DL-650, and a rock kicked up on a semi-rough road and destroyed the switch. Here we are just before...

We got it running, and went to a local Suzuki/Kawi/honda/Aprillia dealer - of course they didn't have a switch, and warned us about the dangers of connecting the wires to fix it for the ride home. They were worried that he would forget the side stand was down and ride off and hurt himself in the first left turn he came to. I asked if it would be safer to have the bike die in the middle of corner?

We spliced the wires, and it worked like a champ - if I recall, the switch comes with a small wiring harness for around $60.00.

(edited to add - the part number for a 2006 DL is 37840-06G00, and is $54.35 from Ron Ayers, and it comes with the wiring)

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post #6 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 09:46 AM
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I'm not possitive, but I think it is the same switch that comes on the DRZ400s
i couldn't find my old one to make sure. Everyone who rides dirt on the DRZ removes them. This is for lots of reasons, but the main reason is that everytime you come down off a small jump, or even a large bump, the kick stand bounces, and the bike cuts out for a moment. Has caused some wipeouts. so if you go to Thumpertalk.com and the DRZ400 forum, you will find lots of them sitting on shelves collecting dust. Double check to make sure it is the same switch, but I think it is. I will try to find my old one, and make sure.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 10:13 AM
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Federal safety requirements weren't written by riders

Throw the damn switch in the trash. This, and the kill switch were both mandated by the Feds back in the '70's. Problem is, the people who wrote the mandates weren't riders.

Kill switches showed up because waaaay back, 2 stroke carbs were prone to bent needles and stuck throttles. Kill switches were mandated just as the Japanese introduced CV carbs that don't do that. At least, none of the 15 or so bikes I've had since the pre-CV days have ever had their throttle stick and I've never met anyone who's experienced that thrill since. The gate is closed, but the cows are gone.

The side stand switch makes even less sense. Some cager dork decided that 'someone might ride off with their stand down and crash'. Well, I've ridden off with my stand down dozens of times. Most of the time the stand puts itself up. If it doesn't, the dragging sound should be a clue. It's never caused more than a slight wobble, a kick and a muttered curse at my own idiocy. And they are one of the most common causes of walks home; right after the kill switch. If they give you trouble, throw them away.

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-28-2009, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Fixed Switch

Strangely enough, the soft plastic on the back of the switch puffed back out on its own and the switch works perfectly now! Crazy, huh? I've put maybe 300 miles on it since the switch has been working and it's never cut out once.

Who ever heard of self-repairing auto parts?
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-28-2009, 07:21 PM
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I probably have 15 switches from various GSXRs.. if you want to try some, let me know

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-28-2009, 08:10 PM
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That happen to my friend Bob while riding down a backroad in Pennsylvania. He just coasted to a stop, the bike had died without warning. After a few minutes we traced it back to the sidestand switch that had been completely shattered by something kicked up by his front tire. After removing the switch and taping the two wires together we were back on the road.

Here his is doing the McGyver thing.

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