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View Poll Results: Do you engage your kill switch?
Every time I shut off and park the bike 38 50.00%
Only when I'm working on it 11 14.47%
Only when I park it for the night 0 0%
Only when I happen to remember to do it 27 35.53%
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post #1 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Kill Switch

I was reading cmurphy84's thread about his kill switch, and it made me think.

How many of us engage the kill switch every time we shut off the bike?

It was one of the things they really hammered into us during the MSF training classes years ago, and I guess it's stuck with me ever since.

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post #2 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:38 AM
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Never use it.

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post #3 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:42 AM
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use it every time. My father always used it when riding, and then when he taught me thats what he showed me. Then MSF added to the use of the switch.

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post #4 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:49 AM
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I think I've only used mine once, when I flipped by accident when changing handlebars.

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post #5 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:51 AM
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Never use it either unless I'm working on it...I guess and even then I sometimes don't...It just stays on 99% of the time...


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post #6 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:54 AM
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It was one of the things they really hammered into us during the MSF training classes years ago, and I guess it's stuck with me ever since.
Ditto

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Never use it.
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post #8 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 07:54 AM
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Never use it! Take the key out instead!

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post #11 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:08 AM
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I've never heard a good reason to use it all the time. Anybody got one? I just look at the switch as a way to shut off the bike if you can't take your hand off the handlebar. That has never applied to me so I almost never use it.

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post #12 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:09 AM
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Yup, never use it.

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I just followed my dads and brothers example and never use it. I use the ignition key to turn my bikes off. I have noticed that friends who have taken the MSF course do use it to though. Then when I try to start their bike to test ride it, I wonder why it won't start. LOL

Back in the day when driving with groups of friends, people would sometimes pass one another and flip off their kill switch, when they restarted the bike a blast of flames would shoot out the pipe. Of course that was long ago when they were young and unruly.

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post #14 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:16 AM
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post #15 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:25 AM
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post #16 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:29 AM
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I only use mine when i'm riding down the road about to take a corner

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post #17 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:34 AM
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post #18 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:43 AM
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I try to use mine occasionally, so that I can find it when the bike is lying on top of me (never happened with the 919, but it has happened with dirtbikes and dual sports). I have also had a throttle cable stick before (again, not on my 919) and you do not want to be reviewing types of kill switches in that situation.

I have some old biker friends who never use the kill switch because they say it wears out the contacts, and one day your bike won't start because the kill switch is worn out. I think this reason is BS, but I thought I would share.

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post #19 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 08:45 AM
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Never used it on purpose, it's always been there and I've always wondered why? A kill switch on a boat I can understand as it has a lanyard connecting you to it but the 919 has a tip over sensor that if you go down it cuts off on it's own. Remember to reset it by turning your key off and back on.
That kill switch got me one night when I had hit it on accident while getting off the bike and two hours later I returned to find my motor didn't do anything. Didn't take to long to find the culprit when I didn't hear the FI whinning.


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i used it to pass my MSF corse. it has not been turned off after that.

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post #21 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 09:13 AM
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I actually use mine alot. I also use the kickstand as a killswitch.

Often times I'll kill it and coast down the driveway late at night so I don't wake everyone up in the house. Killswitch kills the noise but the headlight stays on so I can see where I'm going. I could use the key just as easily but then the lights go out.

Today pulling into a parking spot at work I just stopped, flicked down the kickstand while still in gear and let that kill the bike. I don't do that all the time but often enough when in a hurry parking somewhere.

The other 1/3 of the time I guess I use the key like everyone else.

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I never use mine. If I remember correctly the owners manual says it's for emergency use and should normally be in the run position even with the engine off.

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i use it everytime, guess it's just habit. hit the switch,turn off ignition/hit the switch,turn on ignition,hit start button. at this stage it's just routine. also a good safety tool for these two
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post #24 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 09:39 AM
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What's a kill switch...?

My key is enough.

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post #26 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 10:48 AM
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I'm with the majority, I've never used it on any bike. I couldn't vote in the poll because "Never" wasn't an option.

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Always, as trained. I believe the idea being a muscle memory thing in case you ever really need it.

I'll buy it, and the idea of the switch implodding just doesn't seem likely.

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post #29 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 11:37 AM
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I have a homemade camera/gps mount in the center of the handlebars and my key is not all that easy to reach. But even if it were I find the switch handy when I'm just stopping for a second to check a map, or use my phone or whatever, in which case I'll just use the kill switch.

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Never, ever.

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Might have used it 3 times in the last 5 years. The key is enough. I had to wait for someone the other day while on the bike, and when I got back to the bike, I was shocked to find I had left the key in it on the street. I Never do that, that was the first and hopefully only time that will happen.

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Never use it.

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I never use it. I took the MSF course, but that piece of advice did not stay with me. I think of it as needed for if I couldn't take my hands away from the bars for any reason.

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post #35 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 01:10 PM
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The excuse "so I don't forget my key" isn't an issue for me since I always lock the column.

And I figure the chances of the kill switch failing can't be any worse than the ignition failing.

So why is it that so many people never touch the switch? Red = bad? Paralyzed right thumb?

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I never use it....

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post #37 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 01:52 PM
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Though it was hammered into me at MSF, for the longest time I didn't do it. Lately, I've started hitting it like clockwork. I think it's the memory thing like TJ said.

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When I started riding I used it all the time, probably from the MSF. Have migrated away from using it, seems like and extra step in starting and stopping.

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To confuse matters more, I checked my manual for the 919...it says proper way to turn off bike is by key, and always leave kill switch in ON position, it is for emergency shut off only.

My Sportster manual says...proper way to turn off bike is to use the kill switch to shut off engine and then turn key off. Not that this is directly related, but putting the Sportster kickstand (aka jiffy stand) while in gear doesn't kill the engine either.


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post #40 of 74 Old 11-04-2008, 04:33 PM
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I usually use the kickstand switch. As far as using the key goes someone said to me "if something were to break would you rather replace a switch or an ignition key set up?"

I wish I had something clever to say, cause this seems it would be a good place to put it.
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