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Re: Kickstand down bike shuts off?

In a message dated 1/28/05 10:31:02 AM Eastern  Standard Time, 
brian@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
<<I was out on my "new to  me" 99 RT yesterday zipping around town doing 
errands and after one  particular stop the bike would shut off just like 
I turned the key?   Here is the scenerio I hop on the bike, fire it up 
and put it in gear when  it shuts down. With the clutch pulled in it 
won't start in gear so back to  neutral and it starts,  put it in gear 
and bike shuts down.  I  finally figured that the kickstand must have 
some sort of kill switch in it  as when I pull up the kickstand and the 
bike works fine, is this normal  operation with the kickstand being 
down?  The bike didn't come with an  owners manual or tools 
(ex-authority) so I've been fishing on my  own.>>

The sidestand switch is a "feature" of  all Oilheads. Despite the fact that 
some have given trouble, and others find  them bothersome for various reasons, 
they can prevent accidents. EVERYBODY has  forgotten the stand at some time, 
and with a BMW twin, the cylinder blocks the  riders' view of the stand, so you 
can't really see it even if you looked. (Yes,  I know that if you contorts, 
you can see it, but a downward glance from the  riding position is blocked.)

Tom Cutter