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Old 11-03-2012, 12:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you turn off the motor of your Storm?
A) Red OFF switch
B) Turn the key to turn OFF
C) Put the stand down
Is there any benefit of doing one way over the other? Or is there a right way and wrong way?
I've done all three (sometimes unintentionally) and seeing I'm new to riding the Storm from my Vespa, I dont want to create a bad habit I'll regret later when the electrics go or something like that!
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It makes no difference. All three accomplish the same task.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I also bought my storm from TeamMoto in Blacktown and the service manager (at least I think he was the service manager) suggested that I always use the key to switch off and keep the red switch for emergencies. I have always done it this way and have had no issues (not to say that using the red switch would cause issues anyway).
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I also bought my storm from TeamMoto in Blacktown and the service manager (at least I think he was the service manager) suggested that I always use the key to switch off and keep the red switch for emergencies. I have always done it this way and have had no issues (not to say that using the red switch would cause issues anyway).
Actually, I remember the guys saying that to me aswell and have been doing the same as yourself using the key, however switching from my Vespa to the Storm I'll forget sometimes, and put the stand down to park and she turns off, unlike the Vespa... And I just didn't want to do the wrong thing by the bike.
The guys are great with me up there at TeamMoto, Blacktown... It's always good to hear great feedback from others who have also purchased from them


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Old 11-03-2012, 01:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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How do you turn off the motor of your Storm?
A) Red OFF switch
B) Turn the key to turn OFF
C) Put the stand down
Is there any benefit of doing one way over the other? Or is there a right way and wrong way?
I've done all three (sometimes unintentionally) and seeing I'm new to riding the Storm from my Vespa, I dont want to create a bad habit I'll regret later when the electrics go or something like that!
Thanks guys.


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The manual actually says to use the key. I've read reports on this forum regarding the kill switch getting either gunked up or worn and one day, after using it to shut down, the bike won't start. Don't know if that's true or not. I often use the kick when I want to park the bike in gear.

To recap, I use both the switch and the kickstand. I never bother with the kill switch - just one more thing to remember when I start up.
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I was told by the tech at my dealer that use the key only. Using other methods clear the memory in the ECU. This may be BS, but that's what he said and what I do.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah same here. Kick stand or the key. I used to do the same when I used to ride the Suzuki c50. I generally just put the kickstand down. This way I am sure when I lean the bike. I have the kickstand down and ready
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I was told to never use the kill switch and to either use stand or key by dealer here on coast.
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I was told by the tech at my dealer that use the key only. Using other methods clear the memory in the ECU. This may be BS, but that's what he said and what I do.
Probably BS. Nothing else clears (trip computer, clock).
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I was told by the tech at my dealer that use the key only. Using other methods clear the memory in the ECU. This may be BS, but that's what he said and what I do.
Let's think about this. If it were true it would have to be one of the worst design elements on a motorcycle ever. Whoever told you that ain't too smucking fart.

For what it's worth I always turn my bike off with the kill switch. In fact I've always done this with every bike I've ever owned with no ill effects. The only down side to this method is that you might walk away with the key still in the bike, and yes I've done it....and yes I came back to a dead battery.
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