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Old 07-24-2010, 08:13 AM   #1
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bigest bike with kickstart

What is the biggest bike with a kickstart?(engine size) I've always liked kickstarts, so I'm curious.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:22 AM   #2
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bmw r90 has a kick start I think. Hardley Abelson used to have a kicker on the electra glide ( I think)
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:23 AM   #4
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The old '75 to '77 GL1000 Goldwings had an emergency kick starter. The lever was stored behind the right "tank" panel. Was much easier to push start the beast.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:04 AM   #5
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I assume since this was posted in the Thumpers forum and it sounds like you want to own one, you are asking about production single-cylinder bikes? I know the Honda XR650R and earlier air-cooled XR600R were both kick-start only. Not sure if others like the DR650 were given a kick-start option.

I had a highly modified XR600R with among other things, a 610cc slug and a performance cam that unfortunately removes the kick-back decompression feature. If you did not give that kick-start lever 100% and it kicked back on you, it really did its best to try and break your leg.

I have always enjoyed a kick-start only bikes and still have one, and there is something fun about using your leg to bring them to life. However, I find that even the best tuned bikes still make you suffer terribly at least one time per week. Sweating away and gasping for air with all your gear on, while the bike just laughs.

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Old 07-24-2010, 12:10 PM   #6
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Yea it was in regards to production bikes. But thanks for the other info, Pretty interesting stuff. I dont know if I'd call it a thumper but the atk intimidator(685cc) has a kickstart and it's a two stroke. Two strokes can be made legal in Florida so I thought it would be fun to do. I was curious if there was anything bigger. I doubt it though. On a side note has anyone had a serious problem occur from not having a kickstart. I myself got stuck 5 miles from my house because of electric start. I really like highland bikes but electric start only. Kind of worries me.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:28 PM   #7
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Harley big twins came with them.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:44 PM   #8
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Did the DR800 have a kickstart ?


Anyhow, its not the size that matters its the compression ratio !!!
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:30 PM   #9
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My klr650 has left me a mite bit stuck on one occasion when I first got it. Stalled at a couple stop lights in a row and then flooded it, drained the battery while trying to restart it. Ended up doing the duck walk and bump starting with the thottle held WFO down a major state highway in bay city, michigan. Woulda killed for a kick start that time.
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My klr650 has left me a mite bit stuck on one occasion when I first got it. ... Woulda killed for a kick start that time.
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I watched a guy kick-start his 50-something Indian Chief in Daytona. It didn't look easy.
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:51 PM   #12
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I just got passed on geary street an hour ago by a member of the black widows on a hard tail chopper with suicide shift and kick start. Big twin.
I've seen kits for newer Harleys. I don't know how they deal with the compression of a modern large-displacement engine.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:54 PM   #13
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I have always enjoyed a kick-start only bikes and still have one, and there is something fun about using your leg to bring them to life. However, I find that even the best tuned bikes still make you suffer terribly at least one time per week. Sweating away and gasping for air with all your gear on, while the bike just laughs.

Dave
I too love my kickstart only antiques but it sure doesn't take too many kicks while in full gear to wish for a button. And size doesn't really matter in this case, I get just as beat up trying to restart the KLR 250 (after dropping in the mud usually) as I do the Tiger. Gave up trying to start that Tiger last week, got a ride home, brought the trailer back , loaded and returned home. I didn't even unstrap it in the trailer, one kick and it was running!

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Old 07-24-2010, 07:36 PM   #14
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my 84 XT600 is kick only. its ok when it wants to catch easy, usually one kick warm, but cold, wait to gear up until its running, and gear while it warms. more than once so far I've been out of breath, sitting on the tank gasping for air and soaking in sweat.

not at all fun. I used to LOVE kickstarting my old CB550 Four, but it had 4 cylinders and was EASY to start regardless of temperature, or anything. it was a happy old girl to just roar to life instantly and please me.
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:32 PM   #15
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my 84 klr600 is kick only, ive got it to the point now that it will start up in a couple of kicks. not always though....
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