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Goosed it in some twisties passing a truck. Hit a bump after the pass and the Vee died on the vine. Was lucky enough to get off the road before the truck caught up. Turns out the side stand dropped after the bump killing the engine. Time to replace that spring. :yikes:
 

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When you said it died on the vine I thought you were talking about the grapevine in SoCal :mrgreen:
 

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I had a similar happening on a FJ years ago. The sidestand didn't fall down, but the plug came undone for the switch. I was a little puzzled as to what happends until I saw the switch was unplugged.
 

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That will definitely put a pucker in places. I have killed it at lights after not finding first successfully before and that is bad enough.
 

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Goosed it in some twisties passing a truck. Hit a bump after the pass and the Vee died on the vine. Was lucky enough to get off the road before the truck caught up. Turns out the side stand dropped after the bump killing the engine. Time to replace that spring. :yikes:
I think you're mistaken. If, in fact, your stand switch caused the engine to shut off, it is because the stand was not properly retracted. This would have been due to it being inadequately lubricated not the spring having lost tension.

Just my $.02.
 

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Bypass it and never worry about it again.
 

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Bypass it and never worry about it again.
Big B, I've got to disagree with this advice. If there's one safety feature that's actually worthwhile, it's the kill switch on the kickstand. Even the most experience rider will try to take off with the kickstand down. Usually they end up falling from the experience.

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Big B, I've got to disagree with this advice. If there's one safety feature that's actually worthwhile, it's the kill switch on the kickstand. Even the most experience rider will try to take off with the kickstand down. Usually they end up falling from the experience.

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+1, I've seen experienced riders throw it down the road forgetting to retract the side stand.
 

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If, in fact, your stand switch caused the engine to shut off, it is because the stand was not properly retracted.

Apparently negligence on my part. Should be two springs, one inside the other, holding the stand up. When checking it out at home, only found one. Then again it could have popped off when I hit the bump. :beatnik:
 

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I wouldn't disconnect the cut-out switch. I couple of weeks ago, a guy in LA (lower Alabama) was killed when the sidestand on his old GL dug in during a curve. A witness said it had been hanging down prior to the crash.
 

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Rude awakening is not the right title for this thread, should be something like "Sudden Onset V-Strom Narcolepsy".

Are you the original owner of this bike?
 

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Nope, bought it from a dealer with 5000 mi. on it. :confused:
Probably owned by a little old lady, too frail to return the sidestand, so she had one of the springs removed.
 
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