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Hexhead: Disconnecting the sidestand safety switch

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MTRMAN63

The merits of this procedure have been well discussed elsewhere...if you don't feel comfortable doing it, THEN DON'T! However, understand that the microswitch on your kickstand with the associated three wires can fail at anytime, and will most likely fail when you are in the middle of nowhere, leaving you 100% COMPLETELY UNABLE TO START THE BIKE AT ALL. Secondly, even if the bike is running, the wires may contact each other and shut the engine off without warning. BOTH HAVE HAPPENED TO ME!! You don't want to be leaned over in a tight turn at slow speed when power to the rear wheel cuts out....not cool.

Anyways, if you can't possibly program yourself to double check neutral and kickstand before taking off, then by all means leave your switch alone (or replace it periodically). If you CAN, then by all means follow along with this video. Enjoy!

 

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Green RT

When I brought my bike home from the dealer, I put the sidestand down while I opened the door. Then when I put it in gear to ride inside, it died. I put it in neutral restarted, and repeated about three times before I realized there was a side stand cutoff switch.

 

Instead of permanently disabling it, I am more inclined to keep its failure in mind as a possibility and remain prepared to short it out should it fail.

 

That raises a question. The video says the wires are red, white, and tan/yellow. He shorts the white to the tan/yellow. On my 2015 R the wires are yellow, green and green with brown stripe. Does anyone know offhand which two have to be shorted to make the bike think the side stand is up?

 

 

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gordiet

Connect the white and brown/tan together and you should be all set.

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dirtrider

Yep, confusng isn't it-- On the 1200RT it DEPENDS ON; what side of the side stand switch connector that you are working with.

 

On the side stand switch side (pigtail from the switch itself) the wire colors are (red), brown), (white)

 

Same wire circuits on the bike side of the side stand switch connector are (brown/green/yellow), (yellow/green), (grey/green)

 

So what wire colors that you use depend on what side of the side stand conenctor that you are looking at.

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r77toy

Will disconnecting the sidestand safety switch throw a a fault code?

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St0nkingByte
Will disconnecting the sidestand safety switch throw a a fault code?

It won't throw a fault on the dashboard or show any kind of visible warning but it will log an error code in the computer.

 

At least that was my experience on my 05 R1200RT. I thought the kickstand switch might be causing my bike to cutout so I cut the wire and jumpered it. Turns out the computer isn't fooled, it knows the switch is 'missing'. Doesn't keep you from riding the bike but it knows something is not right.

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TestPilot
Will disconnecting the sidestand safety switch throw a a fault code?

 

If you simply disconnect the switch the ECU won't know if the sidestand is up or down and will default to down. As soon as you put the bike in gear the engine will shut off.

 

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