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Old 05-06-2008, 03:27 PM   #21
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I had an '83 XL600R that took about sixty kicks to light off to begin with, I never use the damn Honda killswitch because of previous experience with my old '73 CR250M that had the same awful design. Real stupid when you kick for 45 minutes and notice the switch is off. Duh.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:49 PM   #22
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I accidentally hit the kill switch on my Shovel at a gas stop and kicked the bike about 200 times before I found it. I nearly died from exhaustion! Probably happens to everyone at some time
Don't you normally have to kick a shovel 200 times? Kill switch or no?
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:17 PM   #23
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Don't you normally have to kick a shovel 200 times? Kill switch or no?
Only if you install an electronic ignition. When my '77 FXS had points, it would kick 2ond or 3rd time, every time. But with the Crane ignition, you had to first open the points cover and switch the setting from electric to kick (electric fires after 1 full rev, kick fires immediately), then kick the ****er till you were hot, sweaty, and embarrassed. Progress is wonderful.
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Old 05-06-2008, 05:08 PM   #24
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Only if you install an electronic ignition. When my '77 FXS had points, it would kick 2ond or 3rd time, every time. But with the Crane ignition, you had to first open the points cover and switch the setting from electric to kick (electric fires after 1 full rev, kick fires immediately), then kick the ****er till you were hot, sweaty, and embarrassed. Progress is wonderful.
I kicked longride's Knuckle about 25 times and it still wouldn't fall over.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:44 AM   #25
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Watching you kick it was certainly worth the price of admission! The Knuck is a pretty easy starter. I think the compression is about 3 1/2 to 1 and it will run on orange juice.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:04 AM   #26
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squirt kick squirt kick ignition on squirt kick (braaAAP)lumpity lumpity lumpty foot clutch in, tickle it into gear and away you go


The ones that'll bite you are Iron Head XLCH's...It used to be easy to see who rode a Sporty because they all limped..Sportster Knee anyone?..
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:03 AM   #27
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My buddy has 'Sportster Knee' from a 65 xlch he had back in the day. The Knuck was a ***** to start until I figured out how to reach down to the distributor and retard the timing, then advance it after it started. Trying to start it at full advance is an exercise in futility.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:30 AM   #28
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My buddy has 'Sportster Knee' from a 65 xlch he had back in the day. The Knuck was a ***** to start until I figured out how to reach down to the distributor and retard the timing, then advance it after it started. Trying to start it at full advance is an exercise in futility.
I believe some early HDs had an ignition advance/retard lever right on the handlebar! Them was the good old days, when you filled it up with oil and checked the gas!
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