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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Kickstand Switch

Hey I have a 85 VN750 and I can't seem to get the kick stand switch to stop the bike from starting when it is down, as it is needed for the safety. I have a brand new kick stand switch and a brand new junction box, I'm no sure where I should be looking next. Any ideas what it might be? Im pretty good at electronics and circuits but this doesn't make much sense to me.
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Have you checked out the switch at the clutch lever? That switch can stick, or just fail.

If it's had anything like the Two-Wire mod, part of the interlock will be disabled.

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+1 spockster

kickstand switch will shut off ignition if the bike is in gear, and clutch released with the kickstand down. it does not prevent the bike from starting

so, in neutral kickstand switch does nothing.
also if clutch lever pulled, switch does nothing.
if both of the above are false (in gear, clutch released) it kills the ignition with the kickstand extended

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How would I test if the switch works then?
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Use a volt meter set to measure resistance. Look for continuity across the switch wires as you raise/lower the kickstand and squeeze/release the clutch lever.
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Originally Posted by ROBVN750 View Post
How would I test if the switch works then?
Start the bike, put the kickstand down, pull the clutch, put it in gear, attempt to pull away as if the kickstand was not down. If the engine dies, the switch is working correctly with the kickstand down.

Repeat this test, but with the kickstand up. If the engine does not die, the switch is working correctly with the kickstand up.
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Yeah, the kickstand doesn't prevent the bike from starting, just stops you from driving away.

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You actually WANT that switch? I started riding long before such things existed, and I have removed the kickstand switch and the clutch cut out switch from every bike I've ever owned that had them. When I first started riding, I taped a list of things to my gas tank, and "put sidestand up" was on the list. It didn't take that long till I was doing everything on that list automatically.

I discovered that when you have things you really don't need, and have lived just fine for decades without, you start to depend on them, and begin to lose your ability to get by without them. My first new bike (a 1980 Suzuki GS450L) had a gear indicator. When I traded it for a bigger bike, it did not have that feature, and it took me a while to learn how to ride it properly. I got a Garmin Nuvi GPS for my car. Now, I know my way around my local area just fine. But this thing made it easy to find places I didn't know the exact location of. I could be driving down the street, and want to find a McDonalds. All I had to do was ask it to find one for me, and it would give me a list of the nearby ones. I began to depend on it for things I never needed it for before. I now have 2 cars with electric mirrors. I now find it much more difficult to drive my older cars with non electric mirrors, though I never needed them before. IMO, safety devices and convenience devices tend to lower the skill level of whoever uses them. I think this is the reason is why drivers are so much worse than they used to be, and you are more likely to get run over by them. Driving used to require skill, now the cars does a lot of things that drivers used to have to do themselves. We are becoming too dependent on "devices" to do things for us instead of doing it for ourselves. How long will it be before we can't do anything for ourselves?

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Yep worked perfect! Thank you!

I don't care if the switch worked or not but it was mandatory for the safety so I kind of needed it.
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I take it that your location requires safety checks... so glad my state does not.. However, that is a double edged sword, I often see stuff on the road that shouldnt be..

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