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A senior moment

Time ago I posted how my Suzuki refused to start when my friend and I was leaving a state park. I found that the clutch switch was not making contact. After I inserted a paperclip ends in it, the bike started right up.
Without doing anything, that switch worked flawlessly ..... till now.

My wife and I just returned from a Costa Rica trip and decided to visit our New Smyrna Beach . It is very pretty and there is no competition between this and any beaches on west coast of CR.

After enjoyed it for awhile we decided to ride back home. The suzuki wouldn't start again , the first incident since the previous one I've mentioned.

It was dark in the parking lot and luckily I found a keychain flashlight in one of the saddlebags. For about 5 minutes couldn't find any piece of wire then I looked at my keys. I opened one of the rings an bent it to make both ends enter the plug's contacts. I was very happy with my MC Gaiver job. I told my wife "watch this" and pressed the start button. To my embarrassment nothing.
I tried again with no better results. I even moved the kickstand, nothing.

Then I looked at the handle bar and saw the kill switch in off position. Both , my wife and I had a good laugh.

PS I never use the kill switch and it was done accidentally
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I have one way worse than that but I'll let you have your "moment".

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I have one way worse than that but I'll let you have your "moment".
Tell us, tell us. Its everybody's "moment"

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back in 09 I was coming home on my new 09 Concours, I was hungry so I stopped to get something to eat. When I went to start the bike it wouldn't start. A new bike, only about 20 miles on it and it's dead. Well I hit the kill switch by accident, I think we all had or will havre one of those moments!!


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I like to give my brother and my nephew those "kill switch moments" when they are not looking- about twice a season is all I dare do so I don't get SOCKED in the arm at the next stop we make!


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Tell us, tell us. Its everybody's "moment"
Well, I have told it before so it's not a secret. I had been working on my 1800, changing the air filter I think, had the shelter off anyway. I had put it all back together and left it until the next day when I was going riding. I had all my gear on and went to start it and nothing happened so I naturally assumed I had left something disconnected so I began removing the shelter again. Had it off when I happened to look at the kill switch, guess what? Still went riding, about 45 minutes late. This is when I determined I can change an 1800 air filter in an hour.

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Well, I have told it before so it's not a secret. I had been working on my 1800, changing the air filter I think, had the shelter off anyway. I had put it all back together and left it until the next day when I was going riding. I had all my gear on and went to start it and nothing happened so I naturally assumed I had left something disconnected so I began removing the shelter again. Had it off when I happened to look at the kill switch, guess what? Still went riding, about 45 minutes late. This is when I determined I can change an 1800 air filter in an hour.
I was picturing "I pressed the start button while standing beside the bike and it wobbled down the driveway into traffic."

I did that with a farm tractor, luck was with me and it was only a few inches from a concrete wall.

A friend of mine did it with his pickup and knocked down his garage.

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Well, I have told it before so it's not a secret.
I like it I like it.. I hope you had a good laugh about it on the ride that day!!

I drive way to fast to worry about my cholesterol

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