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post #1 of 7 Old 07-17-2009, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Side stand cut off switch

Hi everyone
I'm looking for some advice/instrcutions.
I had my first fall this afternoon. Nothing serious. The only thing I hurt was my pride - and my beloved Wee, unfortunately. It was my fault entirely. I was on a rural road at a three way intersection and I decided to do a u-turn and head back into town. The road leading away from me was on a blind corner and was much steeper that it loooked, and I wasn't quick enough in my turn. Half way through my turn a car came around the corner and I braked hard - but my lean angle was too great and I couldn't hold it and I fell over on the inside.
The Givi bars and Givi bags took the brunt of it and even at that it's just a small war wound. The only real damage was I smashed the left side front turn signal but I don't think it's a hard fix.
But...... I think I somehow screwed up the cut off switch attached to the side stand. I can see the switch and it looks OK but the wire was pulled away from the bike because the small clamp holding the wire in place is now hanging loose. My guess is somewhere behid the covers etc the wire's been pulled loose.
So..
1. How important is this as a safety feature? I'm of the opinion that anything engineered in by the manufacturer probably serves a worthwhile purpose but in this case is it overkill? I ride to Mexico and my fear is if this happens again in the middle of nowhere I'll be screwed.
2. Assuming the answer above is it's not really necessary, how difficult is it to bypass? I'm not that mechanically inclined but I'm learning. I changed my plugs and air cleaner today which was a miricle for me - even better, I was able to put it back together. With this in mind, is disconnecting it within the skill-set of a novice?
Thanks very much in advance. Based on the responses I may be able to avoid a second tow truck ride into the shop.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-17-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Disregard

Please disregard my last post. A friend walked me through it on the phone and it was the cut-off switch on the clutch lever. The pins got bent when I fell but I've got it fixed now.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-17-2009, 07:19 PM
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Just so you know in the future, all you hve to do is connect the two wires to either switch to bypass it in an emergency

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Bypass the clutch switch on an '07 or later 650 only in an emergency. Minimally, it likes to die instead of idle.

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dieing bike

i had a bike that would die on me all the time , turns out it was a weak side stand spring . the side stand would sag while rideing and trigger the side stand switch .

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Also if you replaced your air cleaner with the stock paper type filter make sure you took the seal off your old filter and put it on the new one. You would not be the first that has forgot to do that and ended up finding out the hard way.

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Another question - this time power

Thanks for the replies on the switch. Good to know re: connecting the two wires on both switches to bypass in an emergency. also, memo to self - NEVER leave home with out my cellphone again.

But... since you all know way more about this than me - the reason I changed my plugs and air cleaner is I just recently noticed a loss of power. It was a subtle change and I almost thought I was imagining it at first - kind of a very slight surging like riding into a strong wind. To test it, on a straight stretch I "floored" it and it seemed fine up to about 110 KPH and then the power seemed to fade. It slowly reached 140 kph and that was it.

I changed the plugs and air filter and at first I thought it was better but I took it for a ride this evening and it was the same story. This time I paid more attention and what happens is the rpms just stop at 6,000.

Up until now I've been running on the same tank of gas - a fill up in the states form a non-chain gas station. I'm wondering now if it's bad gas. I filled it this evening after my ride with Premium and I added some Marvels gas treatment. I'm going on a ride tomorrow for a few hours. Hopefully, if it was the gas, the new stuff and the Marvels will flush out the bad stuff. If that's not it I'll be heading into the shop.
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