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The one on my 75 and the one on my 76 both act just like that. Seems like there is a real hard spot right before it engages :shock:
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8) I have two kickstart levers, one from my 75 and one from my 77. The 77 kickstarter looks like it was chromed.........makes timing/valve adjustment easier :roll:
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Bob Longobardi wrote:8) <snip>it was chromed.........makes timing/valve adjustment easier :roll:
Actually they're zinc plated. I've gotten them redone for about $10 at a local plating shop.

As for the timing, I think it's great!
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I tried the kick start i kicked an kicked an kicked and then i put the DANG THING back it looks so much better in the spot made for it...but never got it to fire up so i just use the start button LESS LEG WEAR..and the bypass thing sounds like it will work but not in my case....and holding the start button in might work too but not on mine so...new battery and no leg trouble
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so i got a new leg brace and tried again and no start....How the HECK you guys got ur started is a mystery to me....oh well just gotta keep the battery good....but mine comes back up every time and the new belts and points and all the other stuff is new but no kick start...mine is a stubborn 77...and very cold blooded too!! BUT i STILL LOVE IT
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I find that just like starting my old cb450 , if I feel for when the kick start will engage the motor w/o slack it will start with easy .

(little help here ,look for top dead center is that right ? )


I need to do a light rotation of the motor with the kick lever till I feel the compression of the motor .It that point I will release the kick lever , then one easy kick from the top will do it . Maybe a few more if I have not started it in over two weeks ( And yes I know better then that :) )

Side note , My one GL I also have that hard spot at the top of the kick but after that it is fine .

My other 3 do not have this .Are very very easy to kick over and will return to top .

LOL The first time I tried to start my GL , I did put a lot force into it and found it was amazingly easy to kick over and only needed light pressure to rotate the motor
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ya know ive tried kicking this thing..... not even a pop!!! now im not new to a kick starter but is it like an old thumper?? ya know bring past compession and heave to>?? ill kick and it turns just that much and no more. thanks much. and for any one wondering about kickback dont know but if ya slip off your shin gets pretty ratty on the wway down
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IF your starter is not working or not engaging the motor .. when you try to kick start also push the starter button at the same time ..this will send the full 12v to the coils ....

Makes starting much more easy ..
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If you want to use the kicker and the bike has been sitting you should hand fill the carbs and run a jumper to the coil. I did that to test my LTD when I got it and it worked fine. With empty carbs I'd expect maybe 50 kicks. Probably best to find a hill with carbs empty.
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I've had a Ural and a BMW with the same style of kick start. Never got them to work either. Thank goodness for electric start and big hills, well at least when you're at the top!
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My Chang is easy with the kick start but the tank is way above the carbs, stock ones have ticklers.
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