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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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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!


Dave... It's your turn
 

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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.:crying2:
 

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No kidding Dave, have you considered doing this for other riders ( change air filter) Say Ill bring my bike to you along with a filter. Would you do it for $100.00 cash? I changed mine once but it took close to 4 hours
 

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My "kill switch moment" happened when I was cruising down the interstate at about 75. Had the cruise set and took my right hand off of the grip to scratch my nose. Apparently brushed the kill switch just enough to activate it. Had a heart-stopping moment until I figured out what I had done!

P.S. - Peter, looks like you and I were at the same place in the road in our pics!
 

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I had one of those kill switch moments last year when my buddy and I had stopped for lunch on our way to the Smoky Mountains. We went back out to the bikes and he got on his first and had already pulled out of the parking lot when I hit the start button and nothing happened. I got off and looked around for what could be wrong and saw that the headlight was going off when I pressed the start button but nothing else happened. I called my buddy and told him I couldn't start my bike and he came back. When he pulled up he took one look at the bike and moved the kill switch back to "run" and said "try it now". I felt really foolish then. I never turn that switch off, at least not intentionally. I told him that was a rookie mistake. I had apparently bumped the switch when either getting off or back on and didn't realize it. I had been riding for over 40 years and that is the first time I have ever had that happen. I have tried to start a bike before with the kill switch off but they always would turn the starter but the engine wouldn't run, then I would notice the kill switch. This 2000 model is one that won't do anything if the kill switch is off. I have heard others talk about how the bike wouldn't start after having just ridden it and I always thought he probably left the kill switch off, but for some reason I didn't think about it when it happened to me. We both got a good laugh out of it, but I think he enjoyed the laugh more than I did. :smile2:
 

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For anyone that has done this before (most of us!!), when the bike doesn't start, the FIRST thing you do regardless, is check the kill switch... Having done this at least a few times in my riding life, it has saved me an expensive tow...

I actually had a friend once that had his bike on the flat bed and called another buddy when the buddy said: "did you check the kill switch"???

Surely a very embaressing (and expensive) moment for my friend as he had somehow hit the kill switch at his last gas stop...

We've all done it, and will probably continue to do so!! Just a fact of riding, we'll all do it sooner or later - kinda like dropping the bike!! :smile2::ROFL:

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For anyone that has done this before (most of us!!), when the bike doesn't start, the FIRST thing you do regardless, is check the kill switch... Having done this at least a few times in my riding life, it has saved me an expensive tow...

I actually had a friend once that had his bike on the flat bed and called another buddy when the buddy said: "did you check the kill switch"???

Surely a very embaressing (and expensive) moment for my friend as he had somehow hit the kill switch at his last gas stop...

We've all done it, and will probably continue to do so!! Just a fact of riding, we'll all do it sooner or later - kinda like dropping the bike!! :smile2::ROFL:

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What do you mean with "most of us" ? , and dropping a bike ? , - if no one witnessed and have pictures , - then it never happened 0:)0:)0:)
 

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What do you mean with "most of us" ? , and dropping a bike ? , - if no one witnessed and have pictures , - then it never happened 0:)0:)0:)
Yeah, if your fortunate enough to be alone... 2nd time I dropped my 1500 was in an MSF class in front of 20 of my closest friends!!!:ROFL:

Kill switch was another story - I could have denied that one :rollingeyes::rollingeyes:

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No kidding Dave, have you considered doing this for other riders ( change air filter) Say Ill bring my bike to you along with a filter. Would you do it for $100.00 cash? I changed mine once but it took close to 4 hours
In a heartbeat.
 

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My "kill switch moment" happened when I was cruising down the interstate at about 75. Had the cruise set and took my right hand off of the grip to scratch my nose. Apparently brushed the kill switch just enough to activate it. Had a heart-stopping moment until I figured out what I had done!

P.S. - Peter, looks like you and I were at the same place in the road in our pics!
Yep, but my bike is red
And both of you crossing the center lines, shame. :surprise:
 
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