Who still rides a kickstart ADV bike?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by JCat, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. helterskelter

    helterskelter Adventurer

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    dont ride a kicker anymore but you'll be fine.
    dont fall for the old trick played by e starters of lots of stops only to restart as soon as all the kickers have been stopped. ha.

    for the apc, reading all the doccos, the tt should be ok, just make sure the tt is in tip top shape before you leave and pack light w/ basic comforts.
    light w/ basic comforts like a hiker though not a 4wd family on their annual hols..
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  2. cirell

    cirell Been here awhile

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    yeah kickstarter on my xr 400 adv bike, its not that much of a drama to start, would ideally prefer both :1drink
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  3. trailcutter

    trailcutter 666

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    left hand .kik start 625.....good as it gets ,,,can do by hand on a good day!!!


    kik starter is imperitive...if your into back country solo riding....no hills about /no clutch start/no worries........ u would b mad to want a bike without one..............nothing would make me happier than a kikstarter on my 1150gsadv
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  4. vudu

    vudu Been here awhile

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    Kik Kik Boom!
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  5. sequent

    sequent South Australia's own....

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    Did the 2010 Australasian Safari on my 2001 XR400. The kickstarting made no difference to my performance, so yeah, you can rally on one. e-start is better though, and if I had more dough, I'd look to fit one to the XR for next years Safari...
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  6. JCat

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    Thanks mate, will do
    I'd have a DR tomorrow(i was buying one next week), but yes the no kicker would be a concern, being a rider thats always had one!!
    Funny shit that...:)
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  7. Hillbilly501

    Hillbilly501 Ultra n00b

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    I have only ever ridden a KLR250, which is kick only. Do you mean there is another, less hardcore, more girly way to start a bike so you don't get your skirt caught up in your kickstarter?


    :hide
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  8. TopDogDave

    TopDogDave Manly, NSW, Australia

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  9. digga1111

    digga1111 bann ed

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    thats one sexy cycle
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  10. Burkey

    Burkey Been here awhile

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    I think this is hanging off the wall in Ballards still. Havent been there for a while but last time it was chained to the wall above the counter.
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  11. Roarin

    Roarin Adventurer

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    Hmmm. I'm going the opposite way on my 625 SXC. Got to be a few kilo's less to lug around less the battery and starter motor.
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  12. supamanaint

    supamanaint when in doubt - power out

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    I have been using my TTR600 for ADV riding for years now, only problem i`ve ever had was finding a place for my walking stick (no shit, stuffed legs).
    Even rode it for a month with a broken de-comp cable (that`ll man you up real quick).
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  13. CJ Burns Esq

    CJ Burns Esq Been here awhile

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    My girlfriend rides a Kicksart only KLR250 and loves it.
    She's done the TTT and the loop from Broken Hill/White Cliffs/Tib etc.
    I think she mostly liked it for the street cred of a chick kickstarting a bike at rally's etc :)

    Due to every one bagging me at Milparinka about buying her a Kickstart only 'cause I am a tightarse, I have just lashed out and bought her a 2005 XR250L with both k/start and an electric leg.
    It was too good a bike to pass up, 8,000k, 6 months rego and like new for $4000.
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  14. JCat

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    Haha, i just replaced the decomp cable on mine.
    After a while thinking" am i just getting older and weeker? Or is there another reason this thing is getting harder to start"
    New decomp cable, prob fixed.
    :D
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  15. Dr AT

    Dr AT Long timer

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    We carry jumper leads, of a sort- about a metre of thick wire with a male plug on both ends , to fit into the bmw type plugs we've installed just for jump starting the bike. Works a treat , except wen your 2 yo is helping in the shed and decides to put a screwdriver into the plug.....

    See the OCR link below- mates BRAND NEW battery died on day 3, it was another 4 days before we could get to a town with a replacement. He could kick start his 640 during the day but no way was it going to kick start in the mornings. Similar story with a mates 660 rallye, although they don't have back up kick starters. He passed on the idea of the plugs just before we left on the ocr trip:clap

    ps- I've seen a ktm 300 kcickstart shaft snap, plenty of kickstarters strip the shaft / snap the kicker, and more snapped ankles from kickstarting than I want to remember. I've also had to kick start an it 200 after I broke my left knee... that's a memory I could do without.....Santa is buying the kids an electric start TTR 50 rather than a kick start CRF50
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  16. trailcutter

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    top dead centre,,,,,,,,, is your friend!
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  17. JCat

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    No doubt, especially with no decomp otherwise its a no go..:D
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  18. supamanaint

    supamanaint when in doubt - power out

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    Sturdy boots and a proper kick.

    Hehe my mate tried with joggers once :eek1, never seen or heard a bloke swear, hop and almost cry all at the same time:rofl.
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  19. jardine

    jardine the purple

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    jas pm sent
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  20. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    I still ride an XR600R kick-start only bike. Hang on, I'll qualify that, I own and have ridden one, but not riding currently. As some have said, an electric start would be nice for those occasions when it stops halfway up a nasty incline, or in a creek, or when riding with the "stop every 5 minutes" crowd (jeez, doncha hate them wankers?). Otherwise I have been happy to live with it, kick starting is fine by me. The only time it has been a problem was recently when due to injury I couldn't kick start it and had to ride home, and it stalled. Luckily I had PomInOz with me and he managed it for me.
    My 640 is the best of both worlds, button and kick starter, and it has come in handy when I accidentally drained the battery.
    My GS is electric-only, and it has always bothered me that there is no backup for the button. It's not an easy bike to push at the best of times.:knary

    I'll step out on a limb here and state that bikes without kick starters are just plain gay, for pansies, ladyboys, and suchlike. Anyone who rides a bike without a kick starter deserves to be called both Charlie AND Ewen, for being a softcock. Furthermore, they should have to ride at the back, not speak until spoken too, and set everyone else's tents up, then cook and wash up afterwards, before sitting up all night guarding the real men's bikes.
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