New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighFive, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    No harm done, but why would you make it a 2 step process? Just get in the habit of turning off the key and you may save yourself some problems.
  2. Leap of Faith

    Leap of Faith My hand to the devil

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    Makes sense! Time for me to "keep it simple stupid!"
    Thanks a bunch.
  3. dmasliah

    dmasliah Adventurer

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    I was heading back from a couple of days of riding trails and fire roads in Northern WI.
    I was going about 60mph on pavement, when my bike Suddenly Shut Down. The display went blank and there was No power. The wheels did Not lock up, and I coasted to the side of the road. I turned the key off and restarted the engine, and everything worked like nothing had happened. Rode another 200 miles without incident.

    Any ideas??
    I checked the battery connections when I got home, and they seemed fine.
    (2009 F800gs with 9500 miles). I know I'm not a new owner, but I still have lots of stupid questions.
  4. BillACK

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    MSF teaches to always use the kill switch to turn off the bike. The rational is, you develop the habit of using the kill switch so if you need to kill the bike in an emergency, (for example you drop the bike and it's in gear, merrily spinning the rear wheel) you will automatically reach for the kill switch rather than groping for the ignition key.

    Works for me anyway.

    Bill Potter
    Webster NH
  5. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    No they don't... they teach you to use the engine cut-off switch. :)
  6. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    There should be an error code stored in the computer. Of coarse the only way to find out is take it to a dealer who might be able to figure it out. I'd keep riding and not worry about it unless it happens again. Sometimes weird things happen in the cambus that shut things down. Turning off the key and starting again resets the system. The weird thing may never happen again.
  7. dmasliah

    dmasliah Adventurer

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    Thanks
  8. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    Something like that happened to me once, it turned out that I was leaving my elbow on the tank area, and accidentally turned off the key, I didn't quite get stopped and realized it, turned it back on, and took off again...

    LOL felt pretty stupid.


    Ryan
  9. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    Going on a long trip. Would you just carry a tube repair kit or a spare tube. If a spare tube, just a 21" and make it work for either tire?

    PA Slammer
  10. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    And while I'm at it... carry a spare masterlink? Size?

    Or just roadside assistance card?

    PA Slammer
  11. 1P8RIOT

    1P8RIOT Been here awhile

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    Chain is size 525. I carry a master link and a few extra links in case a couple links get damaged when it breaks. Also small, strong chain tool (motion pro) Especially for a long trip I carry tubes and a patch kit. Have fun!
  12. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    Tubes are fairly heavy and bulky so I like to just carry a patch kit. However, I have seen tubes shredded and beyond patching or the stem broke off so carrying an extra tube is a good idea. A larger tube will work on a smaller rim, but not the other way around so carry just the 21". That should get you to someplace you can get the right size tube.

    One thought though is if you are going to be a long way from civilization you might want to carry both because the rear tube size can be hard to find.
  13. tempeturtle

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    The used the kill switch to turn both my BMW's off. The one on the F800gs broke off and I was told that I had to replace the whole switch part not just the switch arm which is very expensive. The BMW shop said that it was for emergencies only and not to be used to turn the bike off. They said use the key..... that is what I do now and never replaced the broken off red little arm.
  14. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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    No one said kickstand yet?!?

    The problem with using anything but the key is if you don't get into the habit of turning the key and grabbing it, you may leave it in the bike and drain the battery.
  15. BillACK

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    Whats the difference between the engine cut-off switch and the kill switch?
  16. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    No difference. Just that the MSF doesn't call it a "kill" switch.
  17. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Just get in the habit of using the key. I usually put the kickstand town, remove my helmet and gloves.

    If you have a direct wired GPS and forget, you could wake up on a frosty morning in a remote place with a dead battery. :lol3
  18. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    Hey guys, I have a weird "gnashing" noise coming from the front end. It happens about 20 mph no matter what gear, accelerating or decelerating. The last time I had the front wheel off the bearings were fine and there isn't any side to side play, Nothing seems to be loose or binding and it only happens at or about 20 mph, has me stumped.
    Also if one of you high fender guys would let loose of the stock fender, mine is cracked at one of the axle mounting points and I would be interested in buying your old one
    Thx for any input
    Christi
  19. Hicks

    Hicks der Ɯberluber

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    AFAIK there is.

    Using the key should be more gentle to the engine and maybe other stuff.

    ---

    also, the kill switch is too vulnerable construction for daily use I think. And -- as others mentioned -- you cant but just the switch itself.
  20. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    My answer of "no difference" was between a "kill switch" and an "engine cut-off switch". They're just two ways of saying the same thing.