I can see how that would be a prolific problem.Harley-Davidson Motor Co. said in documents that gas bubbles can cause the clutch master cylinder to lose its ability to fully disengage the clutch, especially if the bike has been parked for a long time. This could cause a rider to lose control of the motorcycle if it's started in gear.
The problem was found through customer complaints. Harley reported 27 crashes and four minor injuries.
Such switches, as found on many Japanese and European bikes, do not prevent starting the engine, but act as a "kill switch" when the side-stand is out and the gear-box is shifted out of neutral.I find it hard to fathom that the MoCo still won't put a safety switch on the side stand to prevent starting while in gear.
The 1999-2006 Honda Rebel had a side stand safety switch and carried a $2999 MSRP. As the price escalated afterwards the switch remains standard equipment today.I can think of scores of similar "safety devices", each of which would increase the cost of the product by some amount, and each of which might save a fool from the consequences of his or her ill-considered action in some infinitesimally small number of instances.
Just about every safety feature if not all on a vehicle becomes a requirement .. Someone has been killed and the safety factor became a requirement rather than an option .. Just going to guess someone took off with the kickstand down and somehow caused him to wreck badly ..I could see having a safety switch associated with the clutch........that would make sense. Why the kick-stand?