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post #1 of 51 Old 06-19-2011, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Which way to turn off the bike - opinions?

When stopping and getting off your bike, which of these do you most commonly do to cut off your engine:

1). Use engine kill switch on right handlebar.

or

2). Turn ignition key to off position.

or

3). Pull side kickstand down.

I've always performed all three steps in this exact order. However, my friend told me to NOT use the engine kill switch to turn the bike on/off. He said to always leave it on. He said to simply do step 2 or step 3 only. He reasons step 3 is effective if the engine is still running and in gear. I realize all three will ultimately cut the engine off, but which one is more favored over the others?

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I always use the key, with the bike in first gear so it can't roll off the sidestand.
By using the key, I avoid the senario described in another thread here, coming back to a dead battery. I've never used the kill switch, just never been in the habit of it... I suppose, if my cars and truck had little red kill switches on the dash, I'd be more accustomed to using yet another way to turn it off, and then turn it off again.
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"You're never going to get agreement on this. "

You're right there, my wife was taught in Team Oregon training to always use the kill switch, I never do, we've had to agree to disagree, and our marriage has so far survived... LOL
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I use the key 'cause that's the way my car works and I'm conditioned to this method over several thousands of repetitions. The other reason is that the throttle lock switch arm covers the kill switch.

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You're never going to get agreement on this.
That was certainly the case the last couple of times this exact question came up.

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That was certainly the case the last couple of times this exact question came up.
A couple........the search function is obviously broken.

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You ever ride for a bit then go to park and put down your kickstand and the engine shuts off...you, not expecting that and realizing you had a duh moment...then try to make it seem like you meant to do that all the time.

Me neither.

Anywhoo, maybe everyone could state their preceptions (wrong or right) of the pros/cons of each way. Then shoot down...I mean...discuss those precieved pros and cons for all three techniques.

Kill Switch Pro:
Every bike has one in the same spot so when you get on bubbas bike you know how to stop it in a hurry.
Kill Switch Con:
Will leave your headlights on if your key is still on. Everybody looks at you funny when you try to start your bike and forgot to turn the kill switch back on.

Ignition Switch Pro:
Turns off everything
Ignition Switch Con:
None.

Kick Stand Pro:
Easy to park on a hill.
Kick Stand Con:
Hard to start on a hill. :biggrinjester:

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typically i use the kill switch.

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Kill Switch Con:
Will leave your headlights on if your key is still on. Everybody looks at you funny when you try to start your bike and forgot to turn the kill switch back on.
I have also heard about using the kill switch unnecessarily wearing the contacts out prematurely


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Ignition Switch Pro:
Turns off everything
Ignition Switch Con:
None.
that about sez it all

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Kick Stand Pro:
Easy to park on a hill.
Kick Stand Con:
Hard to start on a hill. :biggrinjester:
what does being on a hill have to do with turning the bike on and off



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