IGNITION SWITCH


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IGNITION SWITCH

Postby ARITHIAN » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:34 am



FOLKS,
I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE EX-OWNER OF MY BIKE NOT TO TURN THE IGNITION SWITCH ON-OFF. BASICALLY TO HAVE ON 'ON' MODE ALL THE TIME AS THERE IS A SENSITIVITY WITH THIS SWITCH AND MAY SHORT CIRCUIT THE WHOLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. USE THE IGNITION KEY TO TURN THE BIKE ON OR OFF.

CAN ANYBODY PLEASE ADVISE IF THERE IS ANY TRUTH TO THIS AS ALL MY OTHER PREVIOUS BIKES CERTAINLY DID NOT RUN THIS RISK.
DO GOLDWINGS OR HAVE THEY IN THE PAST ENCOUNTERED THESE PROBLEM??

CHEERS ARIS



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Re: IGNITION SWITCH

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:21 am

If you're talking about the "kill" switch on the right handlebar, there is no way that it can "short circuit" the entire electrical system. The only thing it can do is kill the engine - which is what it is supposed to do. It can fail in one of two ways:

- Fails open - means your engine will die, and you can't start it
- Fails closed - means your engine will run normally, and you can't use the kill switch to kill it

I have never heard of any "sensitivity" in Goldwings when it comes to this switch.

Personally, I almost never use my kill switch, and use the key to turn the bike off.

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Re: IGNITION SWITCH

Postby dasco » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:56 pm

ARITHIAN wrote:FOLKS,
I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE EX-OWNER OF MY BIKE NOT TO TURN THE IGNITION SWITCH ON-OFF. BASICALLY TO HAVE ON 'ON' MODE ALL THE TIME AS THERE IS A SENSITIVITY WITH THIS SWITCH AND MAY SHORT CIRCUIT THE WHOLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. USE THE IGNITION KEY TO TURN THE BIKE ON OR OFF.

CAN ANYBODY PLEASE ADVISE IF THERE IS ANY TRUTH TO THIS AS ALL MY OTHER PREVIOUS BIKES CERTAINLY DID NOT RUN THIS RISK.
DO GOLDWINGS OR HAVE THEY IN THE PAST ENCOUNTERED THESE PROBLEM??

CHEERS ARIS

Naah thass juss plain "baloney". Switches were designed to be turned on and off. They do occassionally wear out tho, like any other componant can do.


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