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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sidestand safety switch failing


Has anyone had their sidestand safety switch fail? I have a 2012 Storm and I think mine has about had it. At first it was only an issue in really hot weather (no idea why) and now it is happening intermittently even when it is not hot. It does not recognize that the sidestand is up and will kill the engine when I shift into first. The plunger type actuator for the switch has been cleaned and lubed and is moving freely. When it happens, if someone reaches down and messes with the actuator, I can restart the bike and shift into first and not stall. Sometimes it takes more than one try. Wondering if I should replace the switch or just try to get someone to bypass it? Seems like an odd item to fail and I don't want to replace it if it is a common issue and might happen again.

Thanks in advance for any info you have.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:24 PM
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Mine was malfunctioning early on my 2012 bird. A little wd40 fixed it and I haven't had a issue since.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:35 PM
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I haven't seen many complaints about the switch on this forum. Mine malfunctioned once on a trip 4 years ago--I had ridden it through some pretty extreme rain and went through some pretty deep water. The switch did the opposite of yours; i.e., it allowed me to put the stand up with the motor running while in gear.

Once home and after a good bath, the switch returned to normal and has been fine ever since. It must have been dirty and wet.

If it were my bike I would fix it rather than by-pass.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-20-2017, 05:37 PM
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Back in the day before the switches, the thrill of hitting a down kick stand when turning left will scare the holy hell out of you. So yes fix it.

good luck

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