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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Side stand switch faulty

it appears that the side stand switch which operates the safety feature which prevents you moving off with the side stand down is working intermittently. Had a hairy ride around a left hand corner the other day - luckily no cars coming the other way.

After getting home i checked for lose wires, tapped it with a hammer and it performed as it should for about a week - coincidence i think.

today it is not working and i now have to make sure i don't get distracted before engaging gear.

Anyone else with this problem.

does Triumph read these forums or do they wait for dealers to tell them there is a safety problem?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 12:23 AM
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I would make my next stop, the dealer... and get that fixed asap.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 11:35 AM
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You could always remove the switch so it is signalling that the stand is always up. I think it is kind of foolish anyway. You only have to ride off with the stand down once to have the concept of putting it up permanently etched in your memory...and by all means don't ask how I know this.

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I would pull it into the garage and replace immediately. It's not safe to ride it that way.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2011, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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took the bike to my dealer last week and they replaced the switch. BUT they said they had spoken to Triumph, i presume Triumph Australia, and triumph said that there is a fault in the computer module which senses when neutral has been selected.

I now have to make a second 500k trip to get the computer replaced when the part arrives from Hinkley. will be approaching Hinkley re some compensation - fat chance.

I spoke to Hinkley warranty section a week before i had the switch replaced and was told there was no recorded issues connected with the switch.

if there is a computer problem then to me this is a major safety issue and all TB owners should be notified directly not simply wait for their dealer to tell them at their next service.

my dealer also told me there were 3 outstanding warranty recalls on my bike to do with screws on the front fender and in the ABS control unit. The fender screw could apparently potentially cause a blow out.

i checked recalls on my bike about 4 weeks ago and found no outstanding issues

The fender screw was subject to recall in usa in may 2011, what took so long in Aust.

Once again if its a safety issue you would think all relevant TB owners should be notified directly and not wait for the next service.
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Harley Davidson had a similar problem with the 2006 Dyna re-design where the neutral light would come on while you were still in 1st gear. It ended up being a entire model year re-call. But it took a few guys dumping their bikes and the resulting dealer complaints before they put it together. As with most new products the initial customers are part of the R&D team. One reason I waited until late 2011 to get a Tbird.

BTW after the HD switch thing....I still slowly release the clutch lever whenever I put the bike in neutral.
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