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Pulled a Rookie Mistake Today . . . . . . . .

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So, I have been riding bikes since 1968, 50 years. Over those years I have owned and ridden many bikes.

Today I was out West for a ride and stopped for a drink of water and a leg stretch. After I was finished I mounted up and tried to start the bike, nothing just nothing. I had just stopped about 30 minutes before and started with no problem.

So I fussed with the key, I fussed with the shifter, I fussed with the reverse lever, I fussed with just about everything I could think of to no avail. So I grabbed my water bottle and had another drink and walked around the bike, don't know what I expected to see.

But I did see something, the kill switch was flipped to one side, Rookie Mistake. I never use the thing, to shut off the bike I just leave it in gear and put the side stand down.

Oh well that is better than trouble shooting and chasing electrical gremlins !





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must have shook you up pretty good, you titled the thread "puled", and I fixed the spelling
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I have done that, when moving the bike with gloves on I have hit the switch without feeling it and then went through the same routine trying to figure out why it would not start.
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Done that more than once.

My boys give me grief about using the key to shut the bike off, saying I should use the switch first, then turn the key off. Too hard for me to change after all of these years.

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I never use that damn off/on/off switch
I have been tempted to bypass it permanently, and then watch and wait for the Open Mouths that watch me start the bike and ride off....


they know they turned it to OFF.....


some time back, someone turned it off for me as a joke, but that day, I was not in any humor for folks messing with my bike.
and I let be known, that friends do NOT screw around with someone else's bikes, period...


I did not take it well that day. that bike has never refused to start in 2 years.

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That's one reason why I put a half cover over the trike, to keep people from playing with buttons and switches.


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I've NEVER done that once!
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3 or 4 times maybe, but not once!
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I don't use the engine stop switch, my manual states to use the ignition switch for starting and stopping the engine and to lock the steering. It also states the engine stop switch is used to stop the engine in an emergency.
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I don't use the engine stop switch, my manual states to use the ignition switch for starting and stopping the engine and to lock the steering. It also states the engine stop switch is used to stop the engine in an emergency.
That is exactly why it was put there in the first place, it's a lawyer induced switch. Not intended to be used to shut the engine off in normal circumstances.
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