As a safety instructor, we use the acronym F.I.N.E.C. before starting a bike. Fuel Petcock, Ignition Key, Neutral, Engine Cut-off Switch, Clutch.
We get asked a lot why do we use the kill switch. The answer I got years ago was, “Students should be in the ready position when they both start and stop a bike. For students, their ready position is left foot down, right foot on the peg with rear brake applied, left hand on bar, right hand on the bar. Without the thumb operated cut-off switch, this ready position is compromised when a student reaches for the key to stop the engine.”
Having said that, I just use the key. It's one more thing to go wrong.
Last edited by jmarleau; 05-19-2014 at 04:03 PM.