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No kill switch

Do not understand why this bike with all the dualsport electronics doesn't have a kill switch. It has the identical starter button has the '05 Ktm. Also Ktm has a matching kill switch button. So I'll go with Ktm kill switch. It's probly a real easy install

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But a photo and instructions would sure help.Are you sure you don't have a yellow? button on the top of the turn signal housing on the left handlebar ? Its kinda hard to press in. edit: sorry I was going from bad memory. Yellow is the horn. The kill switch is grey and on the top/backside of the same signal housing. It doesn't have a lot of off/on feel but if you push it hard enough it works.,,,

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