It does vary. My experience was the same as yours (except with more bikes of 80s vintage). I realized that I'd never actually tried it on the Honda, so I went out to the garage, hit the kill switch and the starter turned the engine over just fine.Skier wrote: For what it's worth, every bike I've owned doesn't turn the starter if the kill switch is engaged (set to off/stop). But that's only a whopping three bikes.
Apparently some kill switches are wired to the ingition and starter circuits, while others just ground the ignition.
My kickstand kill switch kills both the starter and ignition, but the bar mounted switch just kills the ignition.