I toggled the kill switch a couple of times, but I might need to take it apart to see about that known issue you are referring to. I will take a look at it tonight. The battery has been maintained over the years the bike was parked, but I have already ordered a new battery. For now, I will be working with the existing battery which has enough power to turn the engine. That was good because I replaced the oil and was able to at least turn the engine with the new oil before firing it.
Regarding the fuel pump making any noise, it is not making any noise at all when I turn the ignition on. In fact, I tried to plug it directly into the battery, and all I heard was very light humming sound. I am not sure if that is the correct way to test the pump, though. If I plug the pump directly into a 12 V source, what should I hear? Should I hear the same sound it makes when it primes the fuel system? Or is that sound or the priming process itself dependent on other components in the electrical system?
Right now the tank is empty. I had about 2 gallons of fresh gas in it last night, but I already drained it in anticipation to have to remove the pump.