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    Alternative Ignition Possibilities

    So I’m slowly but steadily gaining momentum gathering parts for resurrecting my stricken Hawk. Time to rethink a few things that were problematic with the original build and get it ‘righter’ this time around.

    First up, the OEM ignition switch was wonky, so on the original build I decided to ‘upgrade’ to a Motogadget M-Lock. To be honest, I shoulda kept the wonky ignition switch. The M-Lock could be a royal PITA when it felt like it. And at very inopportune times…

    Seeing as though OEM ignition parts are about as scarce as pristine gauge backs and fully tabbed OEM cowls, I’m looking for alternative approaches to control the ignition. A simple ‘ON/OFF’ switch? That same ON/OFF switch, with a hidden second switch for safety sake? Better RFID options? Quality third party keyed switch manufacturer? Any OEM Honda switches that may be compatible? Because of the CBR600RR front end, I’ve never had a steering lock, so that’s not an issue. The forks have a custom upper triple (thanks wildwhl ) so the OEM switch mounting plan will have to be dealt with separately, but not here.

    Has anyone else been up against the wall with ignition switch issues? Inquiring minds need to know…

    -tom

    (a little concerned over ebay ‘quality’ parts)…
    Last edited by flyinelvis; 3 Weeks Ago. Reason: Other thoughts…
    This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

    Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

    Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

    Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

    #2
    On my RC26 (that was initially going to be a track only bike) I simply have a quality marine toggle that is not obvious up behind the gauges, but is easily accessed with a gloved finger. This is not a bike that gets parked in strange places for any length of time tho.

    And like you said you could have a truly hidden "master" switch somewhere.

    But I'm an old school analog guy, I want it simple and reliable if I'm not gonna have a keyed ignition. And I have a keyless cap too. I used to have my gas cap key on a stud/wingnut on the upper cowl bracket.
    "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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      #3
      EMGO has aftermarket ignition switches in the honda style.
      "It's only getting worse."


      MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

      Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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        #4
        Originally Posted by squirrelman View Post
        EMGO has aftermarket ignition switches in the honda style.
        Do you have any experience with them, or know of others? Thanks for your input…
        This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

        Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

        Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

        Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

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          #5
          good reputation, not from china i think.
          "It's only getting worse."


          MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

          Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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            #6
            Originally Posted by squirrelman View Post
            good reputation, not from china i think.
            Great intel, thx Jerry…
            This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

            Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

            Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

            Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

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              #7
              https://www.ebay.com/itm/27502285586...Bk9SR8TTl8zkYA
              "It's only getting worse."


              MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

              Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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                #8
                EMGO and K&L are solid aftermarket choices, lots of experience selling and using them. Or adapt any newer used Honda switch. Also, an early CBR or VFR switch might be really close to the original Hawk unit if so inclined.
                "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                  #9
                  I've had this unique barrel key K&L switch in my watch list forever.

                  https://www.ebay.com/itm/221699655323
                  "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                    #10
                    I am installing the EMGO Generic switches on my CRF after one of the original Baja Designs switches took a hit. Much nicer then the Baja ones anyway. I would use them again.

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