Bump Staring the Big Twin

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by GoGoGavin41, May 26, 2013.

  1. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Sokath, his eyes opened!

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    So I'm sure most of us have seen this video...

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    As entertaining as this is, I'm curious as to how you guys bump start in emergency situations (sans buddy with another bike). My F650 would bump at pretty low speeds in 1st or 2nd (I even did it in snow one time! haha). I haven't had to bump the 990 yet, but I've tried coming down the small hill outside my apartment a few times on my way to work. Gotten up to a good 10-15, stand, pop into 1st, drop clutch, and drop my butt hard...and can't even get the motor to turn, the wheel just skids :huh. Is there some secret to turning it over, or do I just need to be going faster. I'd say my timing is pretty good, I'm just wondering what I'm going to have to do when I kill the battery out on a flat fire road :eek1
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  2. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    Do it in 2nd or 3rd
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  3. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    Yep, 2nd gear.
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  4. Gustavo.Ramos

    Gustavo.Ramos Long timer

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    3rd gear, steep hill and alot of faith. Hate when the big twin plays that trick...
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  5. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    2nd gear, small slope, maybe 10 miles an hour. Did it yesterday, worked fine, :)
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  6. mato409

    mato409 Adventurer

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    that work for me only in 3rd !!
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  7. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    Use the starter button when bump starting with a low battery. It makes a difference.
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  8. injun

    injun Been here awhile

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    Yo Brents that is a good trick I've not done that in 20 yr's.
    To bad I live at the bottom of the hill. :D
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  9. genghis9021

    genghis9021 Arak Connoisseur

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    Da ! (Yes, in Russian.)

    Yep . . . I found, when my Shorai went Kaput in Uzbekistan two methods that never failed:

    1. Engage large fractions of a small village (Urus Krishlak) in pushing you and your bike and then, plop down on the saddle at clutch release.
    2. At any of the numerous UZ internal checkpoints, gesture toward the starter button saying "nyet harosho" (no good) and watch the local police state constabulatory direct local peasants to push ! Dictatorship isn't all bad.
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