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Old 11-28-2013, 09:21 AM   #58
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I wonder if the SR 500 was kick-only because Yamaha starters were honestly not very good in the 70's and early 80's. On my 79 XS 650 when the bike was cold I always used the kick starter and after warm up could switch to electric.

I got that tip from a Norton guy and it worked quite well.The electric starter would draw down a fully charged battery in a few seconds,every Virago had the same problem but no kick back-up.
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