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    Side Stand Switch

    Just finished putting my 2000 R1100RS back together from a spline lube and hit a problem. When I put the starter back on, I didn't realize that I allowed what I believe to be the side stand switch wire to be crimped in as I was tightening the starter in to place. Once I realized the problem, I loosened the starter to get the wire out and saw that the wire had been damaged. Once the bike was completely back together I went to crank it up and... nothing. Lights came on but the other noises before startup were silent. There is another wire down close the the side stand switch as well. Am I safe to assume that I killed the side stand switch and just need a new one? I saw the switches were about $160 or so and want to make sure I've got the right wire before I spend the money.

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    When I needed a new side stand switch, BMW was out of stock for at least a couple of years. I had a local wrench rewire mine. If yours' is messed up, I'd be tempted to just get a new one.
    Paul F. Ruffell
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
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    Unplug it from the harness and do a continuity test first. If I recall correctly (no guarantees...), the center hole of the switch is shaped to go on only one way, so examine that too.
    Or if you're feeling brave and will never forget to retract the stand before riding away, just bypass it. If the damaged wire is the culprit, you may want to do the bypass further up the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    Unplug it from the harness and do a continuity test first. If I recall correctly (no guarantees...), the center hole of the switch is shaped to go on only one way, so examine that too.
    Or if you're feeling brave and will never forget to retract the stand before riding away, just bypass it. If the damaged wire is the culprit, you may want to do the bypass further up the line.
    I rode for awhile before I had it rewired. I always checked that it was up before riding off; always, always, always!!!! (Well except for twice, and fortunately, things didn't go south. Those two times were a great incentive to do something about it.)
    Paul F. Ruffell
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
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    Reality check!

    Its nice that BMW and others have a solution to the people who ride off or try to start the bike while the side stand is still deployed and may prevent a problem with the "safe operation" of the motorcycle. Thank You!!! I know you have to reduce "liability for dumbies" but can they work at reducing Owners being stranded by poorly manufactured parts that will leave owners stranded.

    It sucks to get a $150 tow bill along with a $200 repair bill so that the ill adjusted or defective side stand switch can be fixed.

    Disclaimer: Its not me, some (many) are not me and rely on a solid dealer or independent service network to fix these minor problems that can go from irritating to life threatening in a few seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69zeff65 View Post
    Its nice that BMW and others have a solution to the people who ride off or try to start the bike while the side stand is still deployed and may prevent a problem with the "safe operation" of the motorcycle. Thank You!!! I know you have to reduce "liability for dumbies" but can they work at reducing Owners being stranded by poorly manufactured parts that will leave owners stranded.

    It sucks to get a $150 tow bill along with a $200 repair bill so that the ill adjusted or defective side stand switch can be fixed.

    Disclaimer: Its not me, some (many) are not me and rely on a solid dealer or independent service network to fix these minor problems that can go from irritating to life threatening in a few seconds.
    But there is a very simple solution. Keep the side stand switch in normal operation. Should perchance it fail then every rider should know where to cut the two wires - in the switch bundle - not the main harness - and twist the ends together to disable the function until the new switch arrives. There is no need and no excuse for a tow in this case.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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