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Key position in a front wheel chock ?

Need to trailer the LT, I have a condor chock that locks the front wheel in place. When I go to turn the key to the off position it will not turn all the way to the left because the wheel is straight. It looks like it's going over far enough to the left to shut down power but I cannot remove the key. I don't want to run the battery down. Maybe I'm missing something simple ? Thanks rbots.
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Re: Key position in a front wheel chock ?

No you are not missing anything. When the occasion comes that I wash my LT, I place the bike on its center stand and with the front wheel straight, I turn the key as far to the left as possible while letting me remove the key. After this, I do have to manually turn off the radio. I do not know what else is being powered but I am only doing this for about 30 minutes with no ill effects. I do not remember if leaving the key in the ignition that if you turn any further to the left that it will shut the power off to everything. Again, if the radio is off you should be fine, but I will wait and see what anyone else has to say.

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No you are not missing anything. When the occasion comes that I wash my LT, I place the bike on its center stand and with the front wheel straight, I turn the key as far to the left as possible while letting me remove the key. After this, I do have to manually turn off the radio. I do not know what else is being powered but I am only doing this for about 30 minutes with no ill effects. I do not remember if leaving the key in the ignition that if you turn any further to the left that it will shut the power off to everything. Again, if the radio is off you should be fine, but I will wait and see what anyone else has to say.
I have left my bike in this condition for a few days without riding it and had NO problems starting her up!

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Need to trailer the LT, I have a condor chock that locks the front wheel in place. When I go to turn the key to the off position it will not turn all the way to the left because the wheel is straight. It looks like it's going over far enough to the left to shut down power but I cannot remove the key. I don't want to run the battery down. Maybe I'm missing something simple ? Thanks rbots.
You should be fine unless you or someone else has added something hooked directly to the battery that is a draw. There is a small draw all the time, but just to haul it a day or two shouldn't drain the battery enough to make it not start.


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Re: Key position in a front wheel chock ?

I just leave the key in turned past the R towards lock(as far as it will go) as that will turn off all electrics just as if it was in lock. If I stop some where for a bite to eat I just go back to R and pull the key.

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Re: Key position in a front wheel chock ?

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I have no problem removing the key even when the fork is not locked. Yes the radio will play in this position but have not noticed any excessive battery drain. Bike has sat in the garage for at least two weeks like this and it fires right up.

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Re: Key position in a front wheel chock ?

Doesnt moving the kick stand turn the bike off?
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Re: Key position in a front wheel chock ?

I have owned my LT for over 8 years and always stored it with the wheel pointed straight and the key all the way left, not locked but not in the position that allows the radio to be on.

I've left it this way for 2-3 months at a time and never had a problem.
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I have owned my LT for over 8 years and always stored it with the wheel pointed straight and the key all the way left, not locked but not in the position that allows the radio to be on.

I've left it this way for 2-3 months at a time and never had a problem.
I park mine the same way. When I pull into the garage, I turn the key off and the radio is still playing, turn it like you are going to lock the wheel adn the key will only go so far but not all the way to lock. The radio stops.

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Doesnt moving the kick stand turn the bike off?
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If the bike is running and in gear (clutch pulled in), moving the kick stand will turn off the engine. All electronics that are on, stay on.

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If the bike is running and in gear (clutch pulled in), moving the kick stand will turn off the engine. All electronics that are on, stay on.
Including the headlight if you had the engine running.

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Re: Key position in a front wheel chock ?

On the 07, my headlight turns off when I stop the engine with the kickstand and the trans in 1st gear. That is pretty much my standard parking on the sidestand procedure.

I to turn off the key and mostly remember to turn off the radio rather than letting it time out. The light goes out with the key removal. I do not turn the wheel to the left lock position.

"Theres a fork lock on an LT?". Really? Hmm. I never see it used.

Kidding, I know its there. Just seems to invite the lean to go farther.

I usually park it on the center stand in the garage - saves space - and the wheel is always straight. I shut it off with the key, and have never had a battery problem, even when I leave the radio playing until it shuts off.

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