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Old 12-23-2011, 08:35 PM   #736
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You are relatively new at riding. This will very likely NOT be the last time you do this! Don't ask me how I know!

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Old 12-24-2011, 04:13 AM   #737
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...I killed the engine with the kill switch...
Oh, now I get it. For some reason I was thinkin’ this was in a car.
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... very likely NOT be the last time ....Don't ask me how I know!
Yeah, seen guys do this all to often. The simple cure for this is to always use the key to kill the bike. I tell new riders to never use the kill switch except in certain circumstances. Just use the key, save the battery.
Never figured out why some people use the kill switch. The rare times that I do I sometimes forget to flip it back, then wonder why it won’t start.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:10 AM   #738
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Yeah, seen guys do this all to often. The simple cure for this is to always use the key to kill the bike. I tell new riders to never use the kill switch except in certain circumstances. Just use the key, save the battery.
Never figured out why some people use the kill switch. The rare times that I do I sometimes forget to flip it back, then wonder why it won’t start.
I have an equally bad habit of using the sidestand to kill the engine. Leads to the same sorts of problems.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:52 AM   #739
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Never figured out why some people use the kill switch.
a) It's the quickest, most convenient way to turn off a motorcycle.

b) If you ever have a getoff or drop then it's built into your "muscle memory" and second nature to shut things down quickly.

c) If you're too complacent/ignorant to remove the key afterwards then you deserve a dead battery.
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Old 12-26-2011, 01:11 AM   #740
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a) It's the quickest, most convenient way to turn off a motorcycle.
And apparently the quickest most convenient way to forget the key.
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b) If you ever have a getoff or drop then ...
Then it’s a different story & not a normal ‘turn off the bike’.
I still advise to make it a habit to use the key under normal circumstances. It’s still plenty quick & convenient & could save a lot of trouble.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:06 AM   #741
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You're probably right, but at least I can't lock my keys in my bike
On some bikes, you can. Sigh, don't ask how I know. Always a challenge when on extended tour.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:45 AM   #742
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And apparently the quickest most convenient way to forget the key.

Then it’s a different story & not a normal ‘turn off the bike’.
I still advise to make it a habit to use the key under normal circumstances. It’s still plenty quick & convenient & could save a lot of trouble.
Do you not know what muscle memory is? It is when you do something enough so that you can do it without thinking about it. While I don't always use the kill switch, I frequently use it to kill the engine as I roll into a slot. When I've dropped my current bike, I've flipped the kill switch as my left hand unwillingly departed the handlebar.

As for forgetting the key, I won't say I'll never forget it, but so far I've not left it on. I've left the key in the ignition, and left it in the seat lock, but I've made a pretty good habit of locking the steering after setting the bike on the stand. So, 1)Kill switch 2)side-stand 3) lock steering and pull key.

1) key to off 2)side-stand 3) lock steering and pull key

Either way I do it, I wiggle my bars to double-check I've finished, and so far it's worked pretty well for me.
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:37 AM   #743
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Do you not know what muscle memory is?
Sure I do. Maybe that’s why I don’t use that kill switch all the time.
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:57 AM   #744
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...I've left the key in the ignition, and left it in the seat lock...
Well, don’t come ridin’ after me when your bike get ripped off.
(Didn’t you mom ever say ‘Don’t come runnin’ to me when you break your leg'? Or ‘Shut your mouth & eat your dinner’?)
Even with using the key all the time, I have still left it in the bike too many times. Bugs the hell out of me.
But I have been making it a habit now to pull the key immediately after shutting it off. Then I am still checkin’ my pocket for the key. I hardly ever lock the forks.
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:00 AM   #745
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Ehh, where I work everyone known everyone, including the armed guards. Heck, I grabbed my suit and helmet off the bike one time when I was leaving in a truck for a couple hours, and had someone come out to stop me before recognizing me.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:42 PM   #746
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End of year confessions so that I have a clean slate for 2012:

I spent a little over a couple of hours last summer trying to figure out why my damned K75 wouldn't start. Then I found the solution: It was out of gas. (Yes, it has a fuel gauge which I obviously didn't pay attention to.)

Changed the oil on my K1100RS. It was kind of a bitch to get the old (wet/submerged) filter out which distracted me. Finally succeeded in getting it out and refilled the bike with fresh oil. Finished the oil change and topping it off only to look up by the front wheel to see the new oil filter (which I should've installed before refilling it) sitting there on the ground in it's box.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:41 PM   #747
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If you are gonna use a .22 caliber shell casing as a temporary fuse, make sure you have shot the bullet out of there first.
Even I am not that stupid,but i heard about a guy who was...
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:06 PM   #748
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If you are gonna use a .22 caliber shell casing as a temporary fuse, make sure you have shot the bullet out of there first.
Even I am not that stupid,but i heard about a guy who was...
If you're going to use .22s for makeshift earplugs, put them in backwards or make sure they've been fired.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:01 PM   #749
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If you're going to use .22s for makeshift earplugs, put them in backwards or make sure they've been fired.
Define 'backwards'.

If the primer end is out, you'd still have to get shot in the head to set it off.
If somehow there was any way to set the thing off, the brass would explode and rupture, and be moving much faster than the lead, by the very same physics that make a bullet travel much faster than the gun.
Also, the only way to wear it 'comfortably' would be bullet end in.
The lip on the brass would give you a way to pull it out (fingernail extractor...)
If it were fired, you'd have a somewhat sharp brass edge either inside or outside of your ear, and whatever collected or remained in the case could work its way to your ear canal.
Always use a shotgun shell for earplugs, as it is plastic... and soft
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:41 AM   #750
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Always use a shotgun shell for earplugs, as it is plastic... and soft
How big are your ear canals?
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