C'mon Gordon, your vote should count twice!I only rode for 6 weeks before my accident, and haven`t been on a bike for 33 months since then. I know I used the kill switch sometimes, but do not actually remember if it was most of the time, half and half, or infrequently. I will refrain from voting in the poll as I truly do not know the accurate answer for me.
KM, I agree and disagree! On the 750 I always used the key because it was right there handy, but as Denny said, our 1500 has the key up under the left near the front bike frame and it is tough to get to, bike has to be in neutral to leave the clutch with your left hand, which can be very inconvenient if you're on an incline. So I've gotten into the habit of killing the bike with the kill switch. And honestly, it makes life much easier to just stop the bike in 1st gear and kill it. It ain't going to roll on you. Yeah, you gotta remember to turn off the key and remove it, but you have to do that anyway, so it shouldn't be too hard to learn. One dead battery and you get it! Wasn't hard to make a habit out the kill switch after trying to start the bike several times at first with the switch in the OFF position.My vote here is this is in the wrong thread....It should be posted in the
"How to spot a poser" thread, because turning your bike off with the kill switch all the time tells me you don't know crap about bikes.
The kill switch is was placed there to "kill" the motor in an emergency situation.....like dropping the bike. It was first put on dirt bikes as a safety feature, but since it was a good idea, they started putting them on all bikes.
I don't want to say using the kill button to turn off your bike is "wrong"....but if you are a veteren rider, it is just poor bike etiquite.
Most fun is those that use the switch, forget to turn the key off, and come back to a dead battery......
KM you're gonna skew the poll! Haha, good thing its anonymous!I don't want to say using the kill button to turn off your bike is "wrong"....but if you are a veteren rider, it is just poor bike etiquite.
I'm with you on this one,the keyswitch on my bike is the most annoying placement I have ever seen,I have actually thought "who was the idiot that put that there"There are bikes now that due to the way they are made,it is safer to use the kill switch than the key. But, this is only because the new engineers designing bikes were not clued in...or they simply are not bikers. Most of the first designers are liked dead or retired...
And just because the MSF says it is ok....does not mean it is. I think they also say not to ride with your finger over the front brake lever....and I know I am here today because I did not follow that suggestion.