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post #1 of 11 Old 09-08-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Side saftey switch

Great site guys its been helpful to me so hoping to contribute something to hopefully help somebody else.Just had klr 650 saftied wires had been cut and joined for side stand safety switch.They put one on $ 70.00 +TAX TOOK APART THE OLD ONE and very simple switch took paper towel wiped brass connectors tried a tester and that was all it needed .Probably cant return new one but hopefully can save somebody else a few loonies.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-08-2010, 04:14 PM
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Good info.

Many of us choose to disable the switches
to allow push starting, and it's one less
electrical gizmo that can fail out on the road.

Riders: If you do the sidestand switch, MAKE SURE
you look down before starting off !!!

Don't need to be a left-turn pole vaulter.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-10-2010, 01:05 PM
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I just took mine right off. I keep it just in case, but it really can be a pain if it fails.

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post #5 of 11 Old 09-10-2010, 05:48 PM
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Mine failed this morning

So...I saw this post the other day and thought about taking my safety switch off. Well, today made the decision for me. I was riding the back roads from work to home (total trip of about 40 miles), when a rock came up and hit the frame left under my left foot peg. My bike instantly died.

It ended up being that the rock hit the safety switch wiring as it wraps under the frame of the bike. The rock hit just right and severed the wire. I was able to do a quick fix by stripping back the wires (with my teeth) and tying them together to get her running in gear again.

Anyway, before this incident, I didn't really think there was much way for the safety switch to cause an issue. I stand corrected!!

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-11-2010, 06:17 AM
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Side stand safety switch

I have repaired more than one crashed bike caused by riding
Off with the stand down. One fellowgot pitched into a car, whacked his head on a bumper and died.
Point; be aware, the safety switches are there for good reason.
Be very careful if you disable it

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What Kent said can never be stressed enough.

That's why I capped and underlined in the second post.

Those switches could literally save your life.

I chose long ago to remove every extra part on the motorcycle that could strand me.
All vacuum lines have been removed and capped, (with a full flow petcock mod)
and the neutral/ clutch switch disabled as well as the sidestand switch.

This is the type of motorcycle I grew up on so it's second nature to check the gas
is turned on and kickstand up before releasing the clutch for the first time every ride.

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Those switches could literally save your life...

This is the type of motorcycle I grew up on so it's second nature to check the gas
is turned on and kickstand up before releasing the clutch for the first time every ride.

CheapAndAttentive

Riding requires more responsibility than driving a car. If you can't remember to put your kick stand up perhaps you shouldn't be on a motorcycle.

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-11-2010, 02:18 PM
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I put the safety switch back on, just rerouted my wires so they are a little more protected from now on. Truth be told the safety switch is a fairly easy thing to trouble shoot should you have a problem. As pointed out, its there for a reason. So I put mine back on.
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I'll be pissed if mine fails, but until then it stays on. I've done the mini pole vault on my old Honda once or twice (at real low speed) and it is scary.




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