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Author Topic: Side stand / kill switch FYI.  (Read 144 times)

hogdad

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Side stand / kill switch FYI.
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:36:36 PM »
Shortly after I purchased the C5 (July 2013) I found that the starter and EFI were unresponsive at times when the key was turned on and the side stand retracted.
I looked closer at the top of the side stand where it meets the kill switch and noticed it has a radius (like a cam) which pushes the kill switch plunger in and out as the side stand is applied or retracted.  It appeared the crown had a high spot in it which caused the kill switch not to close and open properly at times.  Thus, no electrical power.
A little grinding with the Dremel Tool on the crown of the side stand took care of the problem.
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GSS

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Re: Side stand / kill switch FYI.
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 06:57:18 PM »
Almost everyone here has disconnected the switch....too many random issues with this.
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Craig McClure

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Re: Side stand / kill switch FYI.
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 07:08:23 PM »
Simple is always best. My life is simpler without that side stand switch, & the jumper cable in the headlight wiring that prevents you controlling YOUR PROPERTY. (NUTS to DOT)
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suitcasejefferson

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Re: Side stand / kill switch FYI.
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 10:31:08 PM »
Simple is always best. My life is simpler without that side stand switch, & the jumper cable in the headlight wiring that prevents you controlling YOUR PROPERTY. (NUTS to DOT)

100% agreed. I have always removed the safety switches and all emissions crap from every bike I've ever owned. I started riding on an early '60s dirt bike at age 8. I have had several bikes where the neutral light failed, and I never bothered to fix it because I didn't need it. Both DOT and the EPA need to butt out of the motorcycle business.
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REpozer

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Re: Side stand / kill switch FYI.
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 10:49:36 PM »
Hey Hogdad , looks like you do good work. My side stand switch was vary problematic and unreliable so I unplugged and removed said switch.
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sparklow

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Re: Side stand / kill switch FYI.
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 09:24:39 AM »
This switch is a poor design and should be replaced as a recall by RE and a properly designed replacement installed free of charge by RE dealers. If this was a car this would probably already have happened!
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