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Where is the motorcycle engine cut-off switch located?

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Where is the motorcycle engine cut-off switch located?

  1. On the right-side handgrip controls.
  2. On the left-side handgrip controls.
  3. In the center of the gauges or instrument cluster. 
  4. On the left side of the gas tank. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. On the right-side handgrip controls.

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Explanation: Motorcycle Controls

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

The motorcycle kill switch cuts off power to the coils, which send a spark to the combustion chamber to ignite the fuel mixture. 

Operating the kill switch will effectively stop the engine from running. 

The kill switch is typically located on the right side of the handlebar controls and can be operated with your right thumb. 

The kill switch can be used to shut off the engine under normal circumstances or during an emergency. 

It is important to familiarize yourself with the locations and functions of all of the controls, buttons, and switches on your motorcycle. 

If the bike is new to you, take some time to read through the owner’s manual and get used to the layout of the bike. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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