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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-29-2015, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Engine cut off switch

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Is it better to turn off the bike by using the engine cut off switch or using the key?
I've heard that some bikes you should not use the engine cut off switch to simply turn off the bike because it can mess with the electronics.
I haven't seen anything mentioned in the manual.
I'm sure its not a big deal, but I don't wanna do something that is bad for the bike, though I would like to get use to using the cut off switch in case it ever became necessary.
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Bike: 03 v star 650

Is it better to turn off the bike by using the engine cut off switch or using the key?
I've heard that some bikes you should not use the engine cut off switch to simply turn off the bike because it can mess with the electronics.
I haven't seen anything mentioned in the manual.
I'm sure its not a big deal, but I don't wanna do something that is bad for the bike, though I would like to get use to using the cut off switch in case it ever became necessary.
I use the cutoff switch first and then the ignition switch. That is the general recommended method. I myself want to know the cutoff switch works properly. This subject will foster differing views so hang on.

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Ether one is ok and will not jackup your bike. If you take a lunch brake or
any 1/2 hour stop and use the switch and forget the key, you will come back to
a dead bike. But if you use only the Key---you'll never have a dead bike .
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Although I use the "switch then key" method, Farmall makes a good point. Ask me how I know.
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I generally alternate between the cutoff switch and the key and every once in a while I'll use the kickstand while in gear just make sure everything is working as it should.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-29-2015, 03:11 PM
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I never use my cut off switch. That's for emergencies. I do park my bike in first gear so when I leave it in gear, I will lower the kick stand which shuts the engine down for me, then I turn the key and remove the key to place it in my pocket.
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I basically do as Menace does. I use all three cutoff systems to make sure they work. This way I know everything works and is there if and when I'll need it.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 05:32 AM
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Key only. The kill switch is for emergencies and the kickstand shut off is a safety feature. I have heard using the kill switch will mess with the ECU on some bikes, but not sure it matters with Yamaha. I do it my way so I don't walk away with the key still in the ignition.
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I use the kill switch every time.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 08:45 AM
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too kill

What ever way you kill it, it's fine as long as it's terminated by removing the key.
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