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Is leaving the run switch on OK?

For some reason lately, I've been leaving my ignition switch on. I shut the bike off with the run switch on the handlebars and just jump off. Anywho, me or a buddy has always caught it until yesterday when I came outside to a dead battery. Can I just use the ignition switch on the tank to shut the bike off and leave the run switch on all the time?
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For some reason lately, I've been leaving my ignition switch on. I shut the bike off with the run switch on the handlebars and just jump off. Anywho, me or a buddy has always caught it until yesterday when I came outside to a dead battery. Can I just use the ignition switch on the tank to shut the bike off and leave the run switch on all the time?
That's what I do with mine!
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Can I just use the ignition switch on the tank to shut the bike off and leave the run switch on all the time?
Have done just that since the late 90's without a single negative issue.



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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 11:15 AM
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Every time I am in a situation where I have to use the switch on the handlebar, I forget that I used it and can't figure out why the bike won't start. Just me I'm sure.


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Every time I am in a situation where I have to use the switch on the handlebar, I forget that I used it and can't figure out why the bike won't start. Just me I'm sure.
No, not just you, me too!
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The MSF class I took says to use the kill switch to shut off the bike. Their reasoning was that if you needed to use it in a hurry, your hand would know where to go instinctively.

I didn't say it was your fault......I said I was blaming you.
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Same here, since taking the MSF class we were taught to use the kill switch and then turn off the ignition. However, my indy tech just turns off the ignition and leaves the kill switch on, so when I pick up the bike all I do is turn on the ignition, wait for the fuel pump and start the bike. Out of habit I turn off both.
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