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Took my nephew back in the woods to ride my 4 wheeler. About 1 mile back in the woods I let him ride. after about 10 minutes I found him with the bike shut down.Having only pull start I made sure the key was on and we pulled till we could pull no more. We pushed the bike back to the house(quite the workout). I started to trouble shoot the quad. And I saw the kill switch in the off position. I said no way! Turned on the switch and it started right up.I never shut a bike off with a kill switch but learned the hard way that day.
 

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Used to use the kill switch on the snowmobile all the time, but on the motorcycle, never do. I don't see why they even put them on any more, I don't know of any time someone used one in an emergency, especially with a bike that has the key up on the dash. Older bikes with the key down on the side might be different thing as you could'nt get the key in an emergency.
 

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I am just wondering what kind of emergency you are considering where you would need the kill switch.
 

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I use the kill switch when parking on an incline. Pull up in 1st gear. stop with hand brake, flip kill switch with thumb, flip it back to ON, let off the clutch and brake to settle in first gear, put down the side stand and turn off the ignition with the key.

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I'm in the habit of using the kill switch to turn off the motor whenever parking, so I'm less susceptible to this particular Senior Moment. But it does still happen! :cheesygrin:

And to answer BellBoy, I've never had to kill the motor due to an emergency nor do I know any fellow bikers who ever had to.
 

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I can see where it could be a convenience at times but I can't think of a scenario where you would need a kill switch in an emergency. My experience is that it is more an annoyance than a convenience or necessity. Probably the DOT or NHTSA has a requirement that they be installed.
 

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Hmm, , , When giving a "young adult" family member a "ride" cuz they want to try it, , ,but as soon as you start to take off, they freak out, AND you've previously bypassed the Bank Angle Sensor the bike could go onto its side. It is/was too dam heavy to get it back up straight so it lay down gently but engine idling in gear. HIT THE KILL SWITCH!!!! First time THAT ever happened, , ,oh well, , ,
As John would say, "Don't ask me how I know this!!!"
 

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I am just wondering what kind of emergency you are considering where you would need the kill switch.
In days of old when motorcycles only had one throttle cable it was not uncommon for the carburetor slide to hang leaving you hanging on for dear life.
That is still possible with the two cable system if the so called push cable breaks or comes unhooked.
 

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I use the kill switch when parking on an incline. Pull up in 1st gear. stop with hand brake, flip kill switch with thumb, flip it back to ON, let off the clutch and brake to settle in first gear, put down the side stand and turn off the ignition with the key.

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Why not just stop in 1st and put the side stand down, that kills the engine, then turn the key off.
 

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Why not just stop in 1st and put the side stand down, that kills the engine, then turn the key off.
That is precisely how I do it almost every time.

That is my Insurance Policy that when I lean the bike over, the sidestand is already down..... I will not admit to ever having let it go to sleep that way, ever. 0:)
 
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