Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Re: Killer Question
The kill switch is designed so that you can quickly and easily kill the engine in an emergency. I assume that its location was chosen to be as convenient as possible under the widest set of circumstances where it might be needed.
Each time I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Experienced Rider Course (ERC), they taught us to use the kill switch to turn off the motorcycle every time. Their justification was to turn it into a habit, so that when the emergency comes, we would know what to do.
I followed that procedure for over 25 years and never had a problem. Last year, someone on one of these forums pointed out that the kill switch on my K1200GT is not very robust, and prone to failure from overuse. Now I use the key, because I don't want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere with a dead bike 'cause the flimsy kill switch broke. And it does feel flimsy to me.
If someone can show me confidently that the kill switch on my 2007 K1200GT is durable and designed to be used twice a day for 25 years, then I will make it a part of my shutdown sequence again.