Originally Posted by slide
When you jump or come down from a wheelie, the stand may deploy enough to cut the engine off. That can be as destructive to your hide as riding off with the side stand deployed.
BTW, if you were to ride off and make a left turn, the stand would probably just retract. I don't suggest you experiment, but before these switches existed, I did it a few times w/o anything worse than a peanut cracker.
I've read where it (crashing because the sidestand was down at speed) was one the highest causes of fatal motorcycle accidents before the switches became mandatory.
I could see where the stand might come down during a jump, but couldn't you just use a nylon zip-tie or two to secure it during an enduro race or MX session? I had no problems with my TW's stand after getting airborn