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How do you disconnect the kill switch on the kick stand?

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I'm not familiar with this exact bike, but all others I've seen have two wires going to the switch. You would simply connect the two to close the circuit thus bypassing the switch. For the record this is not a good idea.(Had to say it.) :)

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