Stopping the Engine
OK, so this may seem kind of silly with something as simple as stopping the motor, but I've been doing some experimentation lately since the temps have dropped and I've run into starting problems. I have a MF battery as well as iridium plugs, just to get that out of the way. Here's the deal; I like to keep the bike in gear when I park it just as a safety precaution. The easiest way to do that after I back in is to kick into gear and hit the kill switch to stop the motor. The problem is that she doesn't like to start back up unless she sits for several hours after I use the kill switch. If I try to restart the engine right away (such as after topping off at the gas station), or even within as much as 10 or 20 minutes, it'll struggle to start and often results in a loud backfire. The colder the temps, the worse this is.
The obvious alternative is to use the key, which works but is really awkward with heavy gloves on, and I have to keep my left hand on the clutch because I can't put it into gear from neutral without the engine running. This method is a pain but it leads to a clean restart every time.
Here's the method that I like but I want to be sure its kosher. With the bike in gear and the clutch pulled in, I lower the kickstand and that safety switch shuts off the engine. Alternatively, I could lower the kickstand in neutral, pull on the clutch, and hit the gearshift pedal, thus kicking into gear and shutting down the engine through the same safety switch.
Every method leads to a clean restart every time except the kill switch. What I really want to know is whether either of the kickstand methods I outlined might do any cumulative damage to our sensitive electronics, engine function, etc. I can't imagine the kickstand safety was designed with everyday use in mind, and that's what's got me worried. Anybody else do this? Anyone know of a good reason why this is a bad idea, or am I good to go with this method?