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    turning off the bike

    Do you guys use the key,or the kill switch to turn off the bike?

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    Key, why take the chance of wearing out the kill switch...

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    Kill switch, then key. If you ever drop that bike in gear and need it to stop spinning quickly, you will be better off if your instinct is to hit that kill switch, at your right hand. In your garage you can use the key, but when you are lying on the ground with a hot muffler on your leg, the kill switch is faster and more instinctive (if you have practiced it). JMHO. Tom
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    Having watched someone pinned under a 4 wheeler with the throttle pegged open and unable to find the kill switch so we could help him I'll add a +1 to use the kill switch.
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    Turn the gas off, let the carb run dry, turn the key off when the engine quits. That's my normal procedure.

    Any way possible when the bike goes over, but I usually never give up and make some awesome saves, or at least get the clutch in and bike up before the engine quits.




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    I use the kickstand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croatoan View Post
    Why do you let the carb run dry?
    I do the same thing

    Reason I do it is less chance for fuel to go stale and build up gum/varnish inside the carb, plus if it's dry and I've got old fuel in the tank(and know it's been sitting) when I add good fuel to it it'll be better mixed when I turn the valve on and the fuel runs into the carb


    But I also try to add sea foam or stabil to the 2- 5 gallon cans I use most of the time... They get used for the lawnmower, generators, samurai, Atv, TW .... Anything that might for whatever reason sit for a long time... Call it proactive laziness... I don't want to tear anything apart later to clean up a carb when I need something the most


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    Quote Originally Posted by Croatoan View Post
    Why do you let the carb run dry?
    If you don't run it regularly the gas in the carb will gum up the carb. I do this on all engines, lawnmower, pressure washer and such. Leave them sit for a while and you will have problems later.

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    So far in my short ownership I have used the kill switch only 2 times....more often than not, I just turn the key....so far, so good! But then again, I have not dropped it{yet} and usually only turn it off in the garage or driveway..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croatoan View Post
    Ok that makes sense. Right now I'm using it more than my car. In my Sportster I try to run the gas tank down so that the next time I run it I'll be using mostly fresh gas. When I run it I usually run a few tanks through it on long rides and then it could sit a month or more. 12 year old bike could probably use some sea foam run through it now and then. I'd already planned on starting to use sea foam on all my rides. Thanks fur da info mate.
    Speaking of Sea Foam, what's a good mix? Does it depend on how old the gas or bike is? I know what the directions say, but last weekend I put about 1/3 can in my 2 stroke mix for my chain saw....smoked like a son of a bitch for awhile... But once that sucker got cranking...the Sea Foam worked great...think I put 2 much in, but the results were not bad....
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