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As a new Wing owner, you can imagine that I'm reading everything there is regarding this wonderful machine.

As to the simple task of just turning it off. The owners manual says, turn off the ignition key and only use the kill switch in the event of an emergency. I thought I read somewhere that you should use the kill switch all of the time as shutting down by turning off the ignition key can cause issues. When I had my 97 Valkyrie, I always used the kill switch. Any opinions?:confused:;)
 

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99% of the time i use the key to shut off my bikes
 

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Rich this has been discussed a lot & I seem to remember the consesus was.... What the heck is the difference. An Ole Fossil always mixes it up & uses both from time to time.
 

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To tell you the truth, I don't know why they even have a kill switch, I never use mine except when I knock it and wonder why the bike wont start, cars don't have a switch. If I remember some people use the kill switch to run other things, like extra lights.
 

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As a new Wing owner, you can imagine that I'm reading everything there is regarding this wonderful machine.

As to the simple task of just turning it off. The owners manual says, turn off the ignition key and only use the kill switch in the event of an emergency. I thought I read somewhere that you should use the kill switch all of the time as shutting down by turning off the ignition key can cause issues. When I had my 97 Valkyrie, I always used the kill switch. Any opinions?:confused:;)
Rich,

As a RiderCoach for the MSF, I can certainly tell you that any stories you may or might have been told about using the ignition switch (key) is pure bullsh*t...! :mad:

The way to shut down your Gold Wing is what I always say to students either in the military or civilian world, I teach both. "Thumb key". This gets you in the habit of always shutting down the motorcycle without removing your hand from the handle bars. I call this good motorcycle hygiene.

There is nothing you can do to hurt your Gold Wing by using the cut off switch...
 

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I always hit the kill switch first, then turn the key off. To me, if you don't use all of the switches, over time, they may not work. That's just my opinion.
 

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Rich,

As a RiderCoach for the MSF, I can certainly tell you that any stories you may or might have been told about using the ignition switch (key) is pure bullsh*t...! :mad:

The way to shut down your Gold Wing is what I always say to students either in the military or civilian world, I teach both. "Thumb key". This gets you in the habit of always shutting down the motorcycle without removing your hand from the handle bars. I call this good motorcycle hygiene.

There is nothing you can do to hurt your Gold Wing by using the cut off switch...
I was in the habit of using the kill switch on my Valkyrie, so it was second nature for me to use the Thumb Key (kill switch) on the Wing. Just by your statement and logic of not removing your hands from the handle bars, I'll continue to use the 'Thumb Key' exclusively!

Thanks everyone for your interest and input! :)
 

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I was in the habit of using the kill switch on my Valkyrie, so it was second nature for me to use the Thumb Key (kill switch) on the Wing. Just by your statement and logic of not removing your hands from the handle bars, I'll continue to use the 'Thumb Key' exclusively!

Thanks everyone for your interest and input! :)
First off I should have stated why I use the process like I do. You nailed my rational as to why :)

The fact that is second nature for you is a plus....

I have see so many motorcycle riders use their left had to turn the key (I know, this makes no logic at all) and the motorcycle is still in first gear at worst or another gear. Yes it is true, stupid hurts...and you can't fix it.

I try very hard "not" to use the word "kill" when referring to the shut off switch. Just my preference...we don't kill anything. (lol)

In the "mom" book, motorcycle Owner's Manual the manufacture calls it the "cut off" switch... I think.

I am very glad to have help you out. Any questions, feel free to contact me.
 

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I have seen 'kill' switch contacts burned up, they aren't made for constant 'make and break' loads. The ignition switch is made to handle the current.
 

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I have seen 'kill' switch contacts burned up, they aren't made for constant 'make and break' loads. The ignition switch is made to handle the current.
Cantankerous,

I am not going to tell you you are incorrect. I have no clue. I have had a 1996 Gold Wing SE with 110,610 miles on it before I sold it and nothing ever happened to the engine cut off switch. Yes I was the original owner since new.

I have a 2008 Gold Wing and still continue to practice "thumb key" and like I call it, good motorcycle hygiene...

I am always willing to learn something new. I keep an open mind. I will say that no one has proven my rational not work.
 

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My trike is currently at a dealer I've used over the years (BlueRidge PowerSports in Harrisonburg, VA) for a complete end-to-end servicing. I trust the service dept manager 100%. It'll be interesting to see what his take is on the question, lol. I'll post it later this week after I speak with him again. ;)

By the responses I'm getting here, and believe me I appreciate all of them, it seems that either way is acceptable regarding shutdown. Although,, keeping your hands on the handle bars seems the most logical. :)
 

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My trike is currently at a dealer I've used over the years (BlueRidge PowerSports in Harrisonburg, VA) for a complete end-to-end servicing. I trust the service dept manager 100%. It'll be interesting to see what his take is on the question, lol. I'll post it later this week after I speak with him again. ;)

By the responses I'm getting here, and believe me I appreciate all of them, it seems that either way is acceptable regarding shutdown. Although,, keeping your hands on the handle bars seems the most logical. :)

Guys,

I am by no way the brightest light bulb in the circuit, however... you can't try to sell me ocean front property in Arizona by telling me the switch "can't" handle it.

First off, unless I am wrong, there is "no" load whatsoever on it. How can there be...? All it is are a pair of contacts (metal prongs) the make or break the circuit. What is there to burn out. If anything the metal may wear thin in about 15 to 20 years or so.

Safety is paramount....! "thumb key" then move your hand (whichever one) to turn the ignition off.

Let me leave you with this, if you were to take a poll on this question and asked 10 people, you would get different answers. Now if you ask which is the safest one, then there is ONLY one answer. I teach this day in and day out. Please ask your mechanic and tell me what he or she says.
 

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To tell you the truth, I don't know why they even have a kill switch, I never use mine except when I knock it and wonder why the bike wont start, cars don't have a switch. If I remember some people use the kill switch to run other things, like extra lights.
The kill switch saved a friend from death one time , his engine accelerated and he couldn't do nothing except turn the engine switch off


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That's what I said


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To tell you the truth, I don't know why they even have a kill switch, I never use mine except when I knock it and wonder why the bike wont start, cars don't have a switch. If I remember some people use the kill switch to run other things, like extra lights.

Flash,

Let me try to give you the rational behind a cut off switch on the motorcycle vs an automobile.

If the accelerator petal get stuck on your automobile, no need to panic, just turn the key and shut down the ignition. This will work regardless (to a certain point) how fast the automobile is going. you can still control the automobile with little to no worries.

OK, now on a motorcycle, if your throttle cable get stuck or breaks, is it safe to remove "one hand", look down at the ignition key to turn it off? Don't you think you just might loose control and have a crash?, or at the very least, sh*t in your pants?.

Now the manufactures knew this when designing the motorcycle. So lets re-do the above scenario and you decide which would be more safe, effective, and efficient.

You and your motorcycle are enjoying the day out riding like the wind no worries. Sounds good so far, now all of a sudden your faced with and emergency, your throttle cable has malfunctioned.

Here are your choices:

[A] You remove your hand and look down at the ignition switch to turn it off

You just simply flip the switch away from you and the engine stops

If you or anyone else picked [A], it might just work. Here is the gamble you just took, you removed you hand that you use to control the motorcycles input (is that safe?) and you looked down to locate the the ignition switch or wherever it is and, you did something else, you took you eyes off the road. Did you see the child crossing the street?

If this is a gamble you want to take, sooner or later you come up with snake eyes.
 

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The handlebar switch is an emergency shut off. The ignition key is meant to be used regularly, not the handlebar switch. The contacts were never meant for regular use and the will wear out. Not as bad as the push/pull switches like on a snowmobile, but they will wear out.
 
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