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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sidestand switch

What does this do??? and if it doesnt where to go or how to fix.. thanx
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The sidestand switch signals to your bike if you try to take off with the sidestand still down - the engine will cut out and you'll not go anywhere at all. Which is a good thing, at least until you put the sidestand up again.

If the engine isn't cutting out with the stand down, that's most likely an electrical problem (although the switch could be stuck "in"). If the engine is cutting out with the stand up, most likely that's a mechanical problem (as in the switch isn't moving - try lubing it).

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I believe the circuit closes when the stand is up. There have been a couple of mentions about wires cut and twisted together, bypassing the switch. FWIW, I`m not recommending it, but in a bind it could get you home, to make proper repairs.

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If the engine isn't cutting out with the stand down (When put into gear, not when in neutral) , that's most likely an electrical problem (although the switch could be stuck "in"). If the engine is cutting out with the stand up, most likely that's a mechanical problem (as in the switch isn't moving - try lubing it).
Just want to add a little to Cindy's great explanation.


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Can't tell you if the switch is normally open or closed (circuitwise) but to fully understand it is like this. The bike will run with the stand down in neutral. The bike will run with the bike in gear and the clutch in. If you try to release the clutch and go forward with the stand down, the bike will stall. It acts as a safety so you cannot ride with the stand down. If you understand what the switch is for you will better know what to do about it.

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Can't tell you if the switch is normally open or closed (circuitwise) but to fully understand it is like this. The bike will run with the stand down in neutral. The bike will run with the bike in gear and the clutch in. If you try to release the clutch and go forward with the stand down, the bike will stall. It acts as a safety so you cannot ride with the stand down. If you understand what the switch is for you will better know what to do about it.

Hope this helps.


When the switch is just gone, (like mine is), and you get on the bike and immediately lean into a left turn as you pull away, (like I did), with the side stand down, (like mine was), it will grab your attention PDQ. Mine must have caught a small bump or something because rather than the stand scraping and flipping up, it sort of lifted my bike up and over a bit, which probably felt more dramatic than it really was.

(now my char-b-qued clutch switch is bypassed too as well )
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Hey Doug, how many more bypasses does your scoot need, before it will go for a ride by itself? <BG>

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Hey Doug, how many more bypasses does your scoot need, before it will go for a ride by itself? <BG>
me thinks just bypass the switch on the seat.
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Mine is there, but it hasn't worked since the day I got it. I might try to figure it out someday or just remove it.

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me thinks just bypass the switch on the seat.
Mine does not have a switch on under the seat. My mower does.

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