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Discussion Parked bike - Neutral or first gear ?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by kiffsta, Jan 18, 2021.

When you park your bike ...

  1. Leave it in neutral

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  2. slap it into first so it won’t roll away

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  1. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

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    @James Mclaren dropped by to show me latest mc22 purchase , it was a non runner when he picked it up , after unloading it off his Ute ii hit the button and it started straight up and sounded sweet as

    James’s partner had a quick spin on it and parked it up at the front of the shop. Later in the day, a couple of mates dropped by and hadn’t ever heard a 4 cylinder 250 so I was like here hold my water


    I hit the starter and nothing , it wouldnt go, I was in front of the bike and held the clutch lever in and tried again, Nothing.

    I asked my mate to kick the side stand up, hit the button and it started ... yay so I let the clutch out and it lurched forward punched me in the gut before stalling, it took the absolute wind out of me, we all had a laugh , mental note to self, check if it is neutral before starting a bike. Also probably best not to stand in front of it.

    You may now laugh at my expense ,
    But it got me thinking , do you leave your bike in gear or in neutral when turned off ?

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  2. James Mclaren

    James Mclaren Active Member Premium Member Contributing Member

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    Hope @kiffsta gives this thing plenty of jandal at the birthday

    glad I could help out

    due to injury this is the best outcome

    hope everyone has a ball
     
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    I live in a hilly area and park in 1st gear when the ground is not flat. Also always start bike when seated with clutch pulled in. Still regret selling my little GSXR.
     
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    Neutral. If it is steep, then I'll go first gear.

    The other question is kill switch on the right switchgear: is that how you turn a bike off? I've seen people turn the bike off by the Killswitch, and then forget the key is still on, headlight flattening the battery.
     
  5. Frankster

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    Flat ground: Neutral, turn all lights off, ignition in steering lock position, kill switch off and fuel tap to off. If the bike isn't going anywhere in a while, I'll turn the fuel tap off and run the engine for another minute to drain the bowls.
     
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    I don't think it's funny at all Kiffsta , getting taken out. Just show's you how easy thing's can happen even with all of your knowledge with bike's.

    For me , i prefer to leave it in neutral when all possible when parked , so the gearbox isn't under load. But if had to park on a step hill , i'd then use the gutter as a stopper.

    I've alway's thought it wasn't good to leave the gearbox loaded up while parked. With my 5 speed manual ute , i've alway's applied the hand brake and then slip it into neutral. But where i live , the carpark's are pretty well flat anyway.
     
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    I always leave a car in gear, even on the flat. Quite the opposite to bikes.
     
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    with bikes I put 'm in neutral, killswitch off, lights off, fueltap closed. With cars take out key and don't bother about a thing :)
     
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    always in gear except in trailer or ute and turn key off rather than kill switch .. been life long habit
     
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    I like to leave in neutral when possible. Always in neutral when being carried on vehicle. I see the 'kill switch' as an emergency thing and normally use key to turn off.
     
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    Should we throw steering lock into this discussion? I get caught with that one at work, people park their bike outside the yard and when I go to push them in, I find the steering is locked and I have to go get the key.
     
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    Kill switch permanently on ... everything done with the key .... always in neutral

    I dont park on hills , ride in the rain , ride in snow or on dirt or on a full moon

    I dont have a fuel tap and I dont bother letting the bike run to drain the throttle bodies :prankster:
     
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