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post #21 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 02:08 PM
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Been there too, I have a 5 year old who, all of a sudden is interested in bikes,( mostly the kill switch). So I tend to check the switch especially when she spends the weekend!

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Just had to check that today....
on our little Piaggio MP3 scooter.


it has been setting in the Toy Hauler a long time, and only ridden for very short trips....
the starter had a very distinct " oh, I am soooo tired, are you sure you want me to start? " sound to it..


so, in the shop it went, and got an IV injection from the Battery Tender....


I was surprised and happy to find that Vespa installs the standard two wire battery connector under the seat for a Battery Tender.... wonder if that means something???


ya suspect a lot of little scoots don't get ridden far enough to keep them charged up?

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Back in 09 I bought a new 09 Kawasaki Concours1400 from a dealer about 60 miles away, On the way home I stopped for a bite to eat. went to start the bike and nothing happened, After a few choice thoughts I found I had hit the kill switch.

We all have probably done that at 1 time or another.


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I understand the kill switch, but would prefer they used the old school dirtbike push button type. Easy enough to kill the engine yet no way to leave them in the off state by accident. I can't say I use that switch either. Like others have mentioned I usually use the key if I'm parking in the garage in neutral, and the side stand if I am going to leave it in gear as a parking brake.
When I was young I was moving my dad's CB500 four and used the kill switch to stop it, leaving it in the off position. The next morning when my dad went to leave, he tried and tried to start it, even going so far as to try bump starting down the steep hill we lived on. After pushing the bike back up the hill he woke me up and yelled at me about why his bike wouldn't start. I had never seen him so mad before. I suspect that incident is another reason I have been conditioned against ever using that kill switch.
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Did you see the video of the woman trying to kick start her scooter using the center stand?

https://www.jukinmedia.com/licensing/view/922013

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yeah,
saw that yesterday on faceless book....


even the helper did not know she is doing it wrong

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I definitely got the feeling that wasn't her scooter.

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I definitely got the feeling that wasn't her scooter.

had it started, what was her survival rate? did it have antilock brakes?
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I have also fallen foul of the kill switch , one time I accidentally hit it while going round a roundabout and the engine just died mid lean . Luckily it was early in the morning and very little traffic .I got the clutch in quick enough so it just coasted round to a kerb and then realized what I'd done . Didn't actually have to change my underwear but damn close .

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Well kill switch is rather visible that said however same has happened to me and was very frustrating to a rookie owner of a Goldwing who had no idea where all the do dads were. The worst thing that has happened to me regarding buttons that your keep machine from running is the Reverse button. Someone played that joke on me on my first 1800. Took a while to figure that one out !!!!!
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