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Old 07-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Kill switch necessary?

If you have never had a stuck throttle cable, you probably will.
I was picking up my new scoot from my dealer. During, the presale check, we noticed that the kill switch worked intermittently. Sometimes it would kill the motor; sometimes not. The dealer (I won't name it - they have been good otherwise) said I could go ahead and take that scoot home and get the kill switch replaced at the 300 mile checkup.
I didn't take the scoot. I waited until he replaced the kill switch, which took a while, because they had to replace the entire right handlebar switch cluster. I would have been OK if he had just bolted on some aftermarket kill switch.
The bottom line was that I would not accept a scooter without a good kill switch. It can save your life.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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Few of us will ever need to hit the kill switch......but if you ever have the need it had better work! Smart move.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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My Roketa MC-05-127 comes without kill switch.
Never needed it. There's always the ignition key; true less easy than a kill switch, but I've never needed one, and probably never will.
Same with a car, some older cars still have a throttle cable connected to the throttle pedal, and even after 100.000 miles of accelerations, it still is working just fine.
Never needed a kill switch on a car, so on a bike I won't need it neither.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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I would have been surprised ,if the dealer would have let it out the door, with a KNOWN bad switch, just for liability issues ,on his part.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:34 PM   #5
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If your key switch is easy to see and reach, I can see why you are comfortable without one. A lot of cruisers have the key switch mounted below the tank.
I have had a stuck throttle on a motorcycle on a few occasions. Both times I was riding off road, so trees were involved. I guess the throttle is more likely to stick when riding the trails.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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If the kill switch is left in the on position it's not draining my battery right?
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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If the kill switch is left in the on position it's not draining my battery right?
Hi
You are correct it will not drain your battery
Its simply a safety feature to shut down the engine in case of an emergency
And i for one, would not ride a motorbike that does not have one in perfect operating condition
Take care and ride safely
Yours Hank
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:58 AM   #8
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I have never had to use the KS on scooter as I only use the key to avoid wearing out the KS . I have seen a scooter run with kill removed and KS off for a moment one night .

I met a rude goober on a Honda Metro at a store one day . I told him I liked his scoot . He said " Is that a China scooter ?" with a snooty tone . I started mine up to leave and he could not get his to start and had a tantrum . I reached over and hit his KS to the run position . He rode away mad while I laughed at him
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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@ skuttadawg - lol that must have been hilarious to see. bloody scooter snobs
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:57 PM   #10
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My Roketa MC-05-127 comes without kill switch.
Never needed it. There's always the ignition key; true less easy than a kill switch, but I've never needed one, and probably never will.
Same with a car, some older cars still have a throttle cable connected to the throttle pedal, and even after 100.000 miles of accelerations, it still is working just fine.
Never needed a kill switch on a car, so on a bike I won't need it neither.
Being as to how we both live in Fla , I was wondering if you would leave all your items to me when you die because you don't have a KS! Kill Switches are for an emergency , not because you never had an emergency! Irish
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