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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I solved that problem by removing both switches and connecting the wires together. I have done that to all my bikes for as long as they have had those switches. My Goldwing did not have a sidestand switch, it used to have a piece of rubber on the sidestand that was supposed to touch down first and flip the sidestand up. Having the clutch switch disabled really came in handy a couple of times on the Goldwing. It was parked on gravel landscaping, and would not start. I couldn't push it because my feet were slipping in the loose gravel. I got on it, put it in gear, and used the starter motor to move it more than 20 feet, out of the gravel.
This is what I did. I am not recommending anyone else do it. I started riding long before there were any such switches.
I also park my bike in first gear all the time when out running around, and always start it is first gear with the clutch pulled in. This is to avoid the shock load (the loud "clunk") that happens when moving gears mesh with non moving gears.
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