Kick stand proximity switch issue kills engine
This past Saturday I was at the track. Second session in morning and I kick up the kick stand with my heel, pop it into 1st gear, engine dies. Look at dash and the orange side stand warning is illuminated. Figured I must not have gotten the stand up all the way. Look down and it is up. Try it up and down a few times, no change. Missed track session.
Upon further investigation, learned that the switch is actually a magnetic proximity sensor. In the kickstand there is a bulge where a small magnet is inserted from the back side. When the stand is up this magnet triggers the proximity switch. The magnet in my kick stand fell out apparently when I kicked up the stand as it was right there. Not sure if it was glued in or was a press fit form the factory. Either way, it didn't stay. To get through the day, I reinserted the magnet and wrapped with a piece of electrical tape to hold it in. Note that the direction the magnet is inserted matters due to polarity. Mine had a black dot on one side and this was the side that needed to go in first for it to work. When it was in the other way around the switch would not register the stand being up.
I was lucky I found the magnet and that it fell out where it did. In a random conversation with another V4S owner and sharing what happened, he mentioned he had the same exact thing happen to him the weekend prior. He found his magnet sticking to his rear stand.
Not sure how to check this other than putting another strong magnet up to the stand when it is down and see how secure your magnet is. I would think it should not be able to be pulled out by hand. I have not yet looked into trying to see if it possible to easily bypass the kickstand proximity switch. Suppose it will depend if it is a simple open/closed circuit or if it is more involved.