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Old 11-13-2012, 11:49 AM   #21
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one example of an emergency where the kill switch is usefull...when the throttle sticks open !!!!
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #22
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I think it is a safety issue. You get coasting, you engage the throttle, you release the clutch, you take off, you get startled, you crash into something, Kawasaki gets sued.
That is what I would assume.

I drifted my 650 nighthawk off once and the dew was settling and when I released the clutch it locked the back tire up and I was down in a snap of your fingers. That was not the bad part, the bad part was I had to push the bike back up the hill to try it again and it was not a easy slope either.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:56 AM   #23
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one example of an emergency where the kill switch is usefull...when the throttle sticks open !!!!
a good example for sure. I was just stating I have not had anything happen to me that would "REQUIRE" me to use it. I still feel it is a good habit to use it all the time. You just have to get your self in the routine. I flip my switch off and let the bike die, flip the switch back on, then get the key. I made switching it back a habit with the Honda because the engine would turn over but not start with the switch off.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:05 PM   #24
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When I had my 900, once in a while as I was coming to a stop I'd grab the clutch and coast (still in gear), put the kickstand down (still moving). This kills the engine. Then I'd brake to a stop and let the bike lean over onto the stand, with my feet still on the boards. Probably the exact opposite of how it should be done.

Normally, I'd hit the kill switch and as soon as the engine was off, turn the kill switch back on and shut the key off. If you leave the kill switch off, when you turn the key on the fuel pump doesn't prime (however, I've never had the bike fail to start because of this).

With the V2K, the key switch is on the headlight nacelle, so I just use that & rarely use the kill switch at all. No coasting to a stop with the stand down on the V2K, just cuz the stand is harder to deploy because it's located farther forward.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:15 PM   #25
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When I had my 900, once in a while as I was coming to a stop I'd grab the clutch and coast (still in gear), put the kickstand down (still moving). This kills the engine. Then I'd brake to a stop and let the bike lean over onto the stand, with my feet still on the boards. Probably the exact opposite of how it should be done.

Normally, I'd hit the kill switch and as soon as the engine was off, turn the kill switch back on and shut the key off. If you leave the kill switch off, when you turn the key on the fuel pump doesn't prime (however, I've never had the bike fail to start because of this).

With the V2K, the key switch is on the headlight nacelle, so I just use that & rarely use the kill switch at all. No coasting to a stop with the stand down on the V2K, just cuz the stand is harder to deploy because it's located farther forward.
and that little clutch lever (or what ever it is actually called) is in the way. I don't know the number of time I have press on it instead of the stand.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #26
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I use the fork lock in a strange area when I will be away from the bike for a while. For example, Oatman. I only park in neutral on level ground and where I feel the bike is secure.

I thought I was real good about never walking away from the bike without the key, but I left the ignition on last week at my office. Just too many distractions right then. Bike would not start of course, just clicking. I put it in gear, got coasting and eased the clutch out. Started right up. Then I had to reset the clock. Maybe that is why bikes don't have automatic transmissions.

If I park in neutral it is easy to remember to remove the key as I turn off the ignition.
Agree on most all accounts. I lock my fork almost always. Bikes get stolen A LOT. And just to poke fun at you there are bikes with automatic transmissions so I think your deduction is a little flawed on that one...
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:25 PM   #27
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I always shut mine down by lowering the kickstand...always.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:52 AM   #28
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I usualy srop put the bike in nuetral maybe 2-3 sec then I hit rthe switch. Put down the stand. If I am parking on any kind of incline I put it in 1st.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:56 AM   #29
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and that little clutch lever (or what ever it is actually called) is in the way. I don't know the number of time I have press on it instead of the stand.
I know! Sometimes I think the stand is just being stubborn, so I'll really dig in & push. Good thing it's sturdy!
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:09 AM   #30
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And just to poke fun at you there are bikes with automatic transmissions so I think your deduction is a little flawed on that one...
I knew that, but there are very few. It just isn't natural.
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