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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-01-2009, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy thought i had a kill button

ok, this was stupid... my other bikes all had a kill button on the right handlbar where the Vulcan has the starter button.
so the other day i was operating by habit and hit the starter button to turn off the engine... the lights kind of dimmed but of course it didn't turn off... so i hit it a few more times. finally i flipped the run switch to off.

it wasn't until just now that i realized i was hitting the starter button

so 2 questions... did i hurt anything? i didn't hear any grinding like on a car when the starter tries to engage a running flywheel.

and why isn't there some kind of lockout to prevent me from being so stupid!
because i bet i do this a few more times before i get in the habit of hitting the kill 'switch'.

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so 2 questions... did i hurt anything? i didn't hear any grinding like on a car when the starter tries to engage a running flywheel.

and why isn't there some kind of lockout to prevent me from being so stupid!
because i bet i do this a few more times before i get in the habit of hitting the kill 'switch'.
As Ron White said "You can't fix stupid"

But most importantly, you should not be using the kill switch to turn the engine off, you should be using the ignition key. Doing this will solve your problem too.

The Kill switch was designed for emergency use, not everyday use.

The starter does not "engage" like it does on a car, so I would guess you didn't hurt anything, other than perhaps your reputation here.



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electrum, If occasional stupid acts were fatal, this forum would not exist. I have done much worse. Don't feel bad. We still call you friend and brother.
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Guess I'm real slow on the learning curve. Done it several times on both my bikes, and suspect it might happen again.

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...you should not be using the kill switch to turn the engine off, you should be using the ignition key...

The Kill switch was designed for emergency use, not everyday use.

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Quite right! While the kill switch does work well to turn the engine off, the ignition key will still be in the ON position, draining the battery. Turning the engine off with the ignition key will turn off all the electrical devices that run off the ignition switch, saving your battery's power.

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ok, thanks.. good advice...
this is the first bike i've had with a starter... its going to take some getting used to...
a number of times already i've raised up my right foot ready to kick it over !! now that looks real intelligent!

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Just curious, have you been hitting the horn when trying to switch to high beam? LOL


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The starter button on my Honda ATV is where the horn is on the VN and I am always in a crowd when I hit the horn button just after getting all geared up and ready to roll,although it is fun to see the surprised look on some peoples faces as the walk by and I blow the horn at them,I have learned to wave also so they think they know me and start up and leave before they realize I just did something stupid.




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Just curious, have you been hitting the horn when trying to switch to high beam? LOL
Yes, it's part of my embarassment ritual. For a great finale, I get off the bike without putting the kickstand down! Really an attention getter!

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Yes, it's part of my embarassment ritual. For a great finale, I get off the bike without putting the kickstand down! Really an attention getter!
I know a guy who stopped for a red traffic light and didn't put his feet down....

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