Same... I don't use the decomp lever to get to TDC. Once you get the feel for it, it becomes very, very easy to find. I do use my decomp lever when I'm killing the engine.
+1 The "decompressor" on the AVL is totally useless as an assist to finding TDC with the kicker. The only thing it's good for, as you say, is killing the engine to save the sprag. If you use the decompressor instead of the key to kill the engine there's no danger of the engine turning backwards. THEN turn the key off.
So I guess I'm not losing my mind when seems my AVL de-compressor makes no difference when I try using it?
When these machines were more (?) popular, some riders found the valve lifter worked better with an old-fashioned chrome decompressor lever fitted to the bars rather than the sorry plastic thing on the left hand switch cluster. Cost you just a few $ to try it out.A.
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