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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-11-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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neautral light during the day..

anyone have a prob with telling if the light is on or off in sunlight
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Nope...But have had the Oh S*** I left it in neutral stop light thing

If I new what I was doing, I wouldn't still be working
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Every Kawi I have owned goes into neutral from first when at a standstill with one flick up of the shifter 99% of the time. It's a positive thing that is designed into the tranny of all Kawi's. Maybe with all bikes now but Kawi was the frist to do it long long ago.

At stoplights especially if your first leave it in gear and keep your eye on the mirror until you know the car behind you is stopped.

I have an odd but I think good habit. To kill the engine I grab the front brake hard and dump the clutch. No messing with neutral, even as easy as it is. When parked it's best left in gear. It's more stable, no chance of rolling away. I started this long long ago with a Guzzi I had which had 9 speeds. 5 forward and 4 neutrals, getting back to the nice positive neutral on Kawi's.
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I have an odd but I think good habit. To kill the engine I grab the front brake hard and dump the clutch.
I hope you're kidding.
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My daily driver is a turbo sports car that I bought second hand. When I took it for a test drive we got back to the bloke's place and I parked and turned the motor off.

The bloke said, 'How did you do that?"
'What?' I asked.
'Turn the motor off without having to wait for it?'
'What do you mean?'
'For me the motor keeps running for three minutes to cool the turbo. If I want to stop it before then I have to put it in gear, brake, and let out the clutch to stall it.'

The bloke didn't know that the turbo timer was linked to the handbrake. Kill the ignition, pull on the handbrake, motor goes off. Handbrake first, then ignition, turbo timer takes over. He could have stopped it by letting off the handbrake.

Anyway, I wondered if he'd done any damage to the clutch after twelve months of stopping it like that. Luckily he lived and worked in the city, so used buses to work. The car was weekends only for him.

I still think of him sometimes, can't figure out why.
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I still think of him sometimes, can't figure out why.
I know you're kidding.
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I know you're kidding.
You're right. I've not thought about him much at all, except when something reminds me of the dude who didn't know how to operate his turbo timer.

His name was Jethro. And I suspect you are not going to believe that, but it's the truth.
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Every Kawi I have owned goes into neutral from first when at a standstill with one flick up of the shifter 99% of the time. It's a positive thing that is designed into the tranny of all Kawi's. Maybe with all bikes now but Kawi was the frist to do it long long ago.

At stoplights especially if your first leave it in gear and keep your eye on the mirror until you know the car behind you is stopped.

I have an odd but I think good habit. To kill the engine I grab the front brake hard and dump the clutch. No messing with neutral, even as easy as it is. When parked it's best left in gear. It's more stable, no chance of rolling away. I started this long long ago with a Guzzi I had which had 9 speeds. 5 forward and 4 neutrals, getting back to the nice positive neutral on Kawi's.


If your bike is under warranty I certainly wouldn't tell anyone at the dealership about your 'good habit" if you have a clutch or transmission
problem they will refer you to the " abuse is not covered by warranty"
Putting your bike in gear and then turning your switch off is pretty simple.

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I find it easiest to just put down the kickstand to turn off the engine. The clutch is already in and I am still in gear so it won't roll. The only problem I ever have with neutral is operator error and not pushing it up hard enough during rapid acceleration.

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Get used to using the kill switch to turn off the bike. This is a good habit that will see you in good stead if you ever have to kill the engine in a hurry.

I've never had a problem parking a bike in neutral. I have a hand brake on the scooter and use it sometimes ... don't know why it would be different but it does tend to roll back. All the other bikes not an issue, perhaps they have more weight on the side stand to hold them in place. Always park with the downhill to the rear though. Slight downhill, that is. Must be hell to park a bike in San Francisco.

As to the original question, yes, sometimes it's hard to see indicator lights in direct sunlight.
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just use the kickstand killswitch thats one of the features about this bike

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You're right. I've not thought about him much at all, except when something reminds me of the dude who didn't know how to operate his turbo timer.

His name was Jethro. And I suspect you are not going to believe that, but it's the truth.
My comment was more in regards to the "why" not the fact that you do. My thinking was that he sprung to mind whenever there was a "Captain Obvious" moment.

Jethro, eh? Didn't realize y'all had biblical rednecks down under... thought that was just the Kiwis with their penchant for pumping kin.
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It only takes a slight nudge forward if your
bike is parked and not in gear, to drop it.

The shortcut to killing that turbo engine
without cooling is killing the turbo. Very
bad habit. Three minutes may be overkill
but shutting it down without cooling is murder.

Using the kill switch IS a good habit on any bike.
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Hard to get to in a get-off.
Your actions in an emergency
are not always logical but follow
habit patterns you've established.
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