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Author Topic: G5: To Kick or not to Kick?  (Read 2568 times)


  • Bulleteer
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Re: G5: To Kick or not to Kick?
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2009, 11:39:18 am »
You would look pretty funny riding a bike in rubber boots ;D


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Re: G5: To Kick or not to Kick?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2009, 02:33:27 pm »
I used to kick start my old Honda XR 500, same technique as I use to kick my RE AVL 500.

1) Straddle the MC, use right foot to slowly push the stiff kicker till you feel a heavy resistance spot (TDC) slowly push approx 1 inch or 4mm more to open the exhaust valve.DO NOT push down any further.

2) Lift up on the kicker ( All the way), now ( hopefully a crowd has formed by now) and now kick the kicker through, like Steve McQueen would.......probably wouldn't hurt to crack the throttle approx an 1/8 turn or so.

3) Give the crowd a 2 finger wave ( clutch hand ,between shifts) as you ride away.

4) A toothpick or cigar in mouth can add to the ambiance of the moment, but  requires
much thought and practice to pull off smoothly, I would recommend this to the more seasoned riders.

I don't use  my decompresser , practice makes perfect

Why kick starting a Bullet draws more attention than hand cranking a jeep I do not know.
I can break it better,,,,at night, in the rain, on the trail,, 20 miles from nowhere.

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