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post #1 of 4 Old 01-06-2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Owners manual questions

Just have to ask...
The owners manual seems to be wrong a little with my bike so I thought I'd ask you guys.
It says the (page 23) "Headlight goes on when the starter button is released after starting the engine". Mine goes on as soon as the key is turned to on.
It also states (page 25) "The starter button operates the electric starter when pushed with the clutch lever PULLED IN or the transmission in neutral". Mine will only start with the transmission in neutral and the clutch lever released fully which I find to be a huge pain. If in traffic I was to kill the motor I MUST shift to neutral in order to start it. That sounds kind of dumb and is against what the manual states so how can the clutch interlock switch be backwards?

Thanks in advance guys...
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-06-2008, 05:07 PM
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The light comes on when the key is turned on. Your Clutch and probably kick stand safties are bad, they need to be by-passed, as you can see, these can be very dangerous when they are bad.

Here is the link for procedure to by-pass those two well known problem issues:

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-06-2008, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you sir, I tried the search function but did not find the answers. Sure seems like a dangerous issue for Kawasaki to not make changes so this can't happen but then again the same looks like it could be said for the whole crappy "doohicky" POS. I was unsure of the hoopla over it until I saw it on the motor with only 2K on it for myself. Yeah, it's a problem for sure.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-06-2008, 08:13 PM
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I have bypassed both the switches on mine.The clutch switch by far is the best bypass.However,I caution everyone on bypassing the kickstand switch.Make it a habit to check the kickstand everytime you stop.A kickstand down can result in some very serious accidents.

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