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SOS – Secondary On Switch by Nihilo Concepts


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STUART, FL – August 31, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  Nihilo Concepts is known for being innovative and developing aftermarket parts for motocross and Off Road motorcycles. Their newest offering is the SOS Switch that will never leave you stranded.

SOS stands for “Secondary On Switch” and that’s exactly what it is, a second starter button for your electric start Off Road and Motocross bike that will get you out of a pinch if you find your OEM switch won’t work.

The new crop of Motocross and Off Road machines are all equipped with electric start, pioneered by KTM and perfected over the years the concept of an electric start has become a must have for most riders. Once you’ve pushed the button, you don’t go back to the kick starter. Because the systems are so good on the new bikes the use of a conventional kick starter has become obsolete so the manufactures have removed them to save weight. This is a big improvement to modern bikes, but what they failed to think about is they only left you with one way to start your bike. If your handlebar start button gets torn off the bars by a branch or other bike on the track, you would be left with no way to start your bike. Sure, you can try to push start it, but that’s not always possible. If you’re on dirt with no traction, the rear wheel will just lock up and slide leaving you panting and frustrated.

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The Nihilo Concepts SOS is designed to eliminate this problem by providing a waterproof, durable, Military Grade, easy to install, auxiliary start button that you install in a safe tucked away location, so if you crash or tip over and damage the OEM button, you will have a second safe and protected button ready to go. The SOS is light and small, so there is no concern about adding weight or bulky accessories. It comes with everything you need and installs easily between the handlebar button and the battery in just a few minutes. The Nihilo Concepts SOS will give you peace of mind and security knowing that if you are miles away from your truck on a winding trail or in the back corner of the motocross track and your stock start button fails you won’t be pushing your bike back to the truck, you will simply reach for your SOS and be back in action.

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The Nihilo web site provides videos and complete instructions for every brand so you can see exactly how to install the SOS on your bike if you have trouble just give them a call at 866-4-NIHILO and they will walk you through it.

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The Nihilo SOS is the accessory that you didn’t even know you needed, but if you ever find yourself stranded, you will be glad you picked one up. Go to www.nihiloconepts.com today to see the full line of innovative products for your dirt bike.

MSRP $69.99

Source: Nihilo Concepts
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Huh, I was expecting this to be some sort of switch on a capacitor in case your battery dies and you don't have a kicker. That's seems to be a much more likely situation to be in. E-start only bikes have been around since the 90's, and I don't think breaking your start switch was a common occurrence then. One of my buddies did have his start button fail on his KTM while we were out riding, not due to a crash, the wires inside the harness broke. Luckily he did have a back up kicker so it didn't slow us down too much. But $70 for a momentary switch seems a bit much, especially considering its only a $23 switch lol

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1 hour ago, stupidmoto said:

Huh, I was expecting this to be some sort of switch on a capacitor in case your battery dies and you don't have a kicker. That's seems to be a much more likely situation to be in. E-start only bikes have been around since the 90's, and I don't think breaking your start switch was a common occurrence then. One of my buddies did have his start button fail on his KTM while we were out riding, not due to a crash, the wires inside the harness broke. Luckily he did have a back up kicker so it didn't slow us down too much. But $70 for a momentary switch seems a bit much, especially considering its only a $23 switch lol

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or the old screwdriver across the starter job, or take the busted switch apart and touch the wires together

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15 hours ago, stupidmoto said:

Huh, I was expecting this to be some sort of switch on a capacitor in case your battery dies and you don't have a kicker. That's seems to be a much more likely situation to be in. E-start only bikes have been around since the 90's, and I don't think breaking your start switch was a common occurrence then. One of my buddies did have his start button fail on his KTM while we were out riding, not due to a crash, the wires inside the harness broke. Luckily he did have a back up kicker so it didn't slow us down too much. But $70 for a momentary switch seems a bit much, especially considering its only a $23 switch lol

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20 hours ago, Crapflinger said:

or the old screwdriver across the starter job, or take the busted switch apart and touch the wires together

What happens if you're in 2nd , pushing for 1st in the local hare scramble and you have an oopsies 
that kills your ebutton?

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56 minutes ago, Bryan II said:

What happens if you're in 2nd , pushing for 1st in the local hare scramble and you have an oopsies 
that kills your ebutton?

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The walk back to the truck will give you enough time to think about why you didn't buy a yz250 instead that doesn't need estart. :prof:

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1 minute ago, k.g said:

The walk back to the truck will give you enough time to think about why you didn't buy a yz250 instead that doesn't need estart. :prof:

Didn't you jump at the chance to add an ebutton to your YZ son? 😁

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I carry a 12-gauge set of little miniature jumper cables that I made. I could easily jump a starter motor to make it work, plus I can get a real jump start from another bike with a battery if my battery pukes. I also have a $3 capacitor that allows my bike to run even if my battery is open or shorted. Granted if my whole electrical system is gone up in smoke they won't help, but then neither would this switch. 

I'm more than a decade into riding fuel injected dirt bikes that don't have kickstarters. I'm over the paranoia. There are 100 other systems on a dirt bike that also are not redundant. Most of them could also wreck my day. 

As another poster mentioned, I think the only real market for this switch is the ultra prepared racer. In my case if I'm in second fighting for first in a hare scramble, It likely means there's only two people in the race. 

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1 hour ago, Allen Day said:

As another poster mentioned, I think the only real market for this switch is the ultra prepared racer

That group for sure, but I can also see more serious recreational riders that get deep into the woods that try to cover as many basis as reasonable,  don't like to futzing with trailside repairs, prefer to travel light and appreciate well built, factory looking accessories.  There's a cost to that for sure, but as the saying goes, there's a butt for every seat. 🤙

 

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On 9/16/2020 at 3:05 PM, stupidmoto said:

Huh, I was expecting this to be some sort of switch on a capacitor in case your battery dies and you don't have a kicker. That's seems to be a much more likely situation to be in. E-start only bikes have been around since the 90's, and I don't think breaking your start switch was a common occurrence then. One of my buddies did have his start button fail on his KTM while we were out riding, not due to a crash, the wires inside the harness broke. Luckily he did have a back up kicker so it didn't slow us down too much. But $70 for a momentary switch seems a bit much, especially considering its only a $23 switch lol

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No responses to this post?  I'm all for people making money for their thoughts and efforts but I don't like being taken advantage of. 70 dollars on a 90 dollar part is quite a mark up. Am I missing something? 90 for a reverse kill switch is unreasonable 

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2 hours ago, MaxPower said:

No responses to this post?  I'm all for people making money for their thoughts and efforts but I don't like being taken advantage of. 70 dollars on a 90 dollar part is quite a mark up. Am I missing something? 90 for a reverse kill switch is unreasonable 

Yeah, but they added a ring terminal connector, an EZ connect wire tap, and that cool 'n'.  The 'n' alone has to be worth at least $50. 

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On 9/16/2020 at 1:05 PM, stupidmoto said:

Huh, I was expecting this to be some sort of switch on a capacitor in case your battery dies and you don't have a kicker. That's seems to be a much more likely situation to be in. E-start only bikes have been around since the 90's, and I don't think breaking your start switch was a common occurrence then. One of my buddies did have his start button fail on his KTM while we were out riding, not due to a crash, the wires inside the harness broke. Luckily he did have a back up kicker so it didn't slow us down too much. But $70 for a momentary switch seems a bit much, especially considering its only a $23 switch lol

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You and I are on the exact same page my friend.  I thought it was going to be some sort of charged system that will get you started again if your battery craps out on you. That's something that I could get behind. 

I definitely worry more about battery issues than I do smashing my starter button. To each his own, but $70 seems like a kick in the pants. 😬

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9 hours ago, MaxPower said:

No responses to this post?  I'm all for people making money for their thoughts and efforts but I don't like being taken advantage of. 70 dollars on a 90 dollar part is quite a mark up. Am I missing something? 90 for a reverse kill switch is unreasonable 

The guy selling the bare switch for $23 is making profit too, he probably pays less than $5 for the part. Work retail and look in the inventory computer, you’ll see markups of 10-100x are the norm on Chinese stuff (1,000%-10,000% markup). Ace pays less than $0.01 for those plastic push-razors (we called them Mexican switchblades) and they sell them for $1. If it costs Nihilo $8 to make that switch selling it for $70 is about average markup.

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On 9/16/2020 at 10:32 AM, Twowheeladdiction said:

Interesting! Anyone out there been stranded by a busted magic button on their bike with no back-up kicker? I can see how that would suck!

Nope never.  Been a lot of starting system failures of some kind between me and my clients over the years. Cant ever remember the button being an issue.  If in the rare instance that happened I'd just manually bypass it.

I like these guys and their products.  This just seems like a solution without a problem.

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5 hours ago, Govt Cheese said:

 This just seems like a solution without a problem.

Exactly the first thing I thought when I read this.

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