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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
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?
Yes this is a rant, and it is strictly my opinion. I see you are a new member, and this was probably not the best way to greet you, and for that I apologize. Welcome aboard, and enjoy your Vulcan. I would carry an extra switch with you. Because of their location they are exposed to water and dirt, and are very prone to failure. And that can leave you stranded.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike