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post #1 of 16 Old 04-06-2006, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch kill switch disable ??

Has anybody disabled their clutch kill switch ? I'm thinking if you break a lever there's no starting it so I want to disable the cut out switch on the clutch perch.

Do it with a jumper ? Also, will the bike turn the starter motor in gear if this switch is disabled ??

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-06-2006, 07:56 PM
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I have a Suzuki DRZ 400 E dual purpose bike and it also has (had) a kill switch on the clutch lever. On that one all I had to do was disconect the plug in connection and remove it from the clutch lever assembly. I can't say how the one on the Strom operates. Disconnect it and see if the bike will start, if not, then you will need to jumper across the connector which is probably behind the fairing somewhere. Just follow it down. As for your other question the answer is yes. Whether the bike is in gear or not the starter will turn the engine over that's why they have the safety switch on the clutch so that if the bike is in gear and the starter is operated the bike won't all of a sudden take off.
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-07-2006, 01:04 AM
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I doubt you could break the lever off low enough to make it impossible to pull so that you could start the engine.

I wouldn't do it. Think about it, if you break off the lever far enough to where you can work the clutch anymore, are you really going to ride the bike anyway like this? LOL, I mean if you do, what are you going to do when you have to come to a stop? Kill the engine? Just store an extra lever in your bag to replace it if needed.

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Disabling a safety feature could bite back one day. I wouldn't do it. Safety first.

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post #5 of 16 Old 04-07-2006, 01:54 AM
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Disabling a safety feature could bite back one day. I wouldn't do it. Safety first.
Yeah that's what I'm thinking... The first time you hit the start button without thinking about it and off goes the bike, it goes down, and now you DO have a broken clutch lever!

Water, you have a similar bike history as me... I remember the DT 175 Yamadogs! How'd you like it, lean and mean wasn't it with that tubular steel monoshock rear suspension?! And what about that funky black stripe down the tank and those drum brakes! :lol:

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ChrisW123. Yes the little Yammers were pretty decent bikes for their time and purpose. Had two of them, one for my 2nd Ex. She liked it far better than the two SP370 Zuks which were 4 stroke efforts with a lot of poor ideas built in at no extra cost. The Yammers were pretty tough little bikes overall. With a Boysen Reed and slightly smaller front sprocket mine was a real blast but it sure kept me shifting to stay in the power band. With the oil injection system they were pretty much a treat to buzz around on. The rear monoshock was cheap but effective too. Probably the most trouble free bike a person could own at the time.

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Thanks for the info guys, I'll mull this one over a bit. A number of motorcycles I've ridden over the years didn't have this feature. All of them would jump when the starter was engaged and in gear, Harley, Ducati and most recently a BMW.

As for the the spare lever. I once broke the clutch perch and was forced ride almost 100 miles because the spare lever I had was useless (ie nothing to mount it to).

As for riding a bike without a clutch lever, it's really quite easy. To start out (once you have the engine running from the starter or a bump start) you just get along side of the bike and push it up to a couple of mph then jump on and kick it into gear.

As for shifting, all you have to do is make sure you load the tranny with the throttle pretty good just before you want to shift then snap the throttle closed and kick it into (up or down) the next gear. When coming to a stop all you have to do is soft foot the shift lever from 2nd till you hit neutral and do the push thing again to start out.

If you happen to be on any kind of inclline (going down) then all you have to do is dog paddle the bike to get it moving and then kick it into gear. If you happen to be facing the incline then you have to u-turn before you come to a complete stop and face down the hill. When the light changes, you kick it into gear, make your u-turn and be on your way.

I rode a Harley Superglide to the Artic Circle from Dayton, Ohio (and back) with two leather saddle bags and a plastic gas can. You can learn alot by riding inferior equipment.

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Nomadmax, By the Arctic Circle statement you must have ridden to Alaska. That is quite a hike. When ? Where ? I made it to Fairbanks Alaska in a cage and just loved the trip and scenery.

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Ahhh, the American fascination with safety.......if you want to disable the cut-out switch, just do it! Plenty of other bikes don't have them fitted, and if your memory is so bad that you can't remember to either pull the clutch in, or start the thing in neutral, then you're in a world of trouble anyway! Oh no, I just remembered, I pulled all those bloody warning stickers off mine as soon as i got it home....hope I haven't compromised my safety!

Just stirring guys, but damn, lighten up a bit.

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post #10 of 16 Old 04-07-2006, 01:18 PM
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Oh no, I just remembered, I pulled all those bloody warning stickers off mine as soon as i got it home....hope I haven't compromised my safety!

Just stirring guys, but damn, lighten up a bit.
What!!! You can't do that it's illegal and very unsafe to remove your stickers! Actually that is one of the first things I did myself. The only label I couldn't get off fully was the one on the swing arm. The plastic pulled off but the paper part under wouldn't budge. :evil:

Nomadmax, thanks for the little tutorial on how to ride without a clutch lever, may come in handy some day. Do a search on "disable clutch cutoff" I've noticed a few threads on doing this.

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