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crank or no crank with kill switch off

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My '98 GL1500 Aspencade will not crank with the kill switch off and the headlight dims.

My 1998 Operators Manual, page 18 reads: "The engine stop switch is used to stop the engine in an emergency. To operate turn the switch to either OFF position. The switch must be in the RUN position to start the engine, and it should normally remain in the RUN position even when the engine is off."

I thought all 1500s were this way, a step up I thought from my 1982 GL1100. There were a couple of times when I was getting used to that bike when either I had left the switch in the Off position or someone was messing with me. The bike would crank just fine but would not start. That made sense because we normally refer to it as the Kill switch. I like the fact that my 1500 won't do anything if the switch is OFF because if I hit the start switch and it is eerily quiet, I immediately check the position of the switch.
 
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