The Real Purpose Of A Killswitch In A Motorcycle

The Real Purpose Of A Kill Switch

What is a Killswitch?

Motorcycle Killswitch

A killswitch is a simple emergency-off switch that turns off the machine with a click. It acts as a simple safety mechanism enabling the driver to turn off the bike when it cannot be done manually. It shuts down all the running systems without causing any damage to the system.

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 Purpose of a Killswitch:

It also enables the riders to turn off the bike quickly without taking their hand off the handle to reach for the key. If you are a relatively new rider, you must have noticed an intimidating red switch on the right side handlebar of your bike.

The name explains its function, which is immediately turning the motorcycle off without affecting the mechanics of the machine. The killswitch is nothing complicated; it simply cuts off the contact from the ignition coil, so the engine shuts down. 

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Does the killswitch affect your bike?

A Kill Switch

Utilizing the killswitch does not affect the bike; there is no saturation point after which it affects the machine negatively. A rider can use that switch as much as he wants to turn the engine off.

Although the switch does not damage the system, there can be a situation where it can. If the rider is repeatedly fiddling with the button turning it off when the bike is already off will affect the bike. 

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When the rider continuously plays with the switch in the off condition, it can affect the ignition coil long-term but no immediate damage. It is also not advised to use the kill switch while the bike is in intense motion.

In addition to that, there are a few other things a rider needs to keep in check:

  • It should always be in the on state whenever you turn on the ignition for the ride. This might help you to keep further troubles away that are blamed on the battery.
  • Operate the switch with your thumb, make a habit of doing it while riding.
  • The kill switch is also called an emergency off switch, so you can use it without being alarmed.
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