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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
As far as the clutch and sidestand nanny switches, I recommend bypassing/removing them permanently. They are only there because of product liability lawyers, and serve no purpose for those that have actually learned to ride, other than to strand you when they fail, and they do fail. The first time I encountered one of these things, I didn't even know the bike had them. I had no tools, and no way of finding the problem, the starter just didn't work. Bike had to be hauled home in a truck. I then proceeded to diagnose the problem, and was furious when I found out what it was. I did a little research and found that the bike had two of the things. I immediately removed and bypassed both, and have done so on every bike I have owned since. On the Vulcan 750, both the clutch switch and the sidestand switch can be removed and the 2 wires going to each one connected together. I stripped the insulation off the ends, twisted them together, soldered them, and then covered them with 2 layers of heat shrink tubing. Problem solved. Permanently.
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