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  • Faulty Kill Switch. RoadStar XV1600A

    Hi Forum,

    Newbie here with a 2005 Roadstar XV1600A based in Thailand, Asia.

    I have owned my bike almost 15 years and it has been very reliable.

    Recently I have had to start parking it outside and we are in the middle of the rainy season here, which I suspect has brought the electrical gremlins out, and caused my kill switch to fail most of the time.

    As an interim measure I left it taped in the “on” position and I am just using the ignition to start/stop the bike. I prefer using the kill switch and would like to repair it if possible.


    Since this was a grey import, there is no local support nor parts available. My RHS cluster has the hazard light slider switch in the middle. I have been unable to locate this style on eBay or any of the US breaker sites so far.
    Are these switches serviceable, or could I take the switch part from a similar cluster and transplant it to my existing one?

    I have some background in electronic engineering and know my way around a soldering iron, but I am not a bike mechanic, so please any help given should not assume prior knowledge on my part!

    I do have a service manual, but all I could find regarding the kill switch was the cryptic advice to replace it, if found not to be working…

    For example, I guess I just undo the two top hex bolts at the back of the RHS switch cluster, and the cluster will come apart in half? Do I need to disconnect the throttle cables as well before accessing the kill switch?
    Many thanks in advance for any help.

    Eduardo

  • #2
    You can take it apart and clean the connection and inspect to see if anything else is wrong in there. If the inside looks anything like the outside it is just dirty/bad connection.

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    • #3
      It's always better to use the ignition key to turn the bike off as the ignition switch is much more durable than the kill switch. Use the kill switch just in an emergency.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies.
        I was able to disassemble the throttle switch assembly and clean up the kill switch contacts. Working perfectly once again..

        Cheers - E

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