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Author Topic: kick starter went limp(my fault)  (Read 854 times)

fzr400

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kick starter went limp(my fault)
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:51:25 PM »
today i rode 75 miles then stopped for 5 min or so and went to start  with the kick starter and it just spun freely! would not engage. so used the electric starter and it fired right up with no noise. shut it off and tried the kick again nothing you could spin it with ur finger. so i started it up the starter and rode about five miles and stopped.

tried the kick starter and it worked fine got home and tried it a few more times and it worked fine.  any suggestions?  ???
« Last Edit: April 23, 2012, 01:53:53 AM by fzr400 »
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Re: kick starter went limp
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 12:07:04 AM »
You weren't pulling in the clutch were you?

Maybe a little Marvel Mystery Oil in the crankcase would help.  If something is gummed up that may help clean it out.

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Re: kick starter went limp
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 12:29:27 AM »
You weren't pulling in the clutch were you?

Maybe a little Marvel Mystery Oil in the crankcase would help.  If something is gummed up that may help clean it out.

Scott

oh jeez i believe i was using the clutch! thanks im new to kick starters ;D
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Re: kick starter went limp
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 12:35:31 AM »
Some of u guys are killing me..For christ sake get a grip.. :o
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Re: kick starter went limp (my fault)
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 01:16:03 AM »
Some of u guys are killing me..For christ sake get a grip.. :o


oh like you never had one of those moments ::) at least i didnt panic ;D
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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 02:26:57 AM »
of course i have...not the clutch thing, but have accidentally hit the enricher and /or the  kill switchwhile trying to kick start...Its okay to panic when stationary..
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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 02:44:06 AM »
No worries mate.  I'd rather be dumb that broken down ;)

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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 04:23:08 AM »
I think my dumbest kick-start event was trying to kick over to TDC while it was on the sidestand and in gear :D

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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2012, 01:40:23 PM »
Welcome to the forum fzr400!

Don't worry about the kick start mistake.  I think we have all made some slip ups.  I was unlucky enough to get the only year of Enfield that does not have a kicker.  When I first got my bike I ran the battery down trying to get the bike started with the kick stand down. :-[  Your profile says you are a female, your are definitely in the minority here but absolutely welcome.

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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2012, 02:24:35 PM »
Were you trying to start it in front of some cute chicks by chance?  That would guarantee you'd screw something up.

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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2012, 05:05:10 PM »
Um, Scotty, did you read the previous post? She wouldn't care!
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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2012, 05:53:10 PM »
haha no im a male. did you guys think you would get a  :-*. my laptop is super sensitive and i must have changed it by mistake.   though thanks for checking :-* :-*

 i changed it to Male sorry to disapoint ;D
« Last Edit: April 23, 2012, 06:26:04 PM by fzr400 »
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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2012, 06:34:08 PM »
It seems I got lucky but nevertheless I apologize for being an insensitive lout :)

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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2012, 06:51:39 PM »
I have to say I had a crash course on kick starting a RE and if my kicker spun freely I would take pause. Maybe they are nothing like days of yore but its a lot trickier and stiffer then the 1974 CB550 4 I had. I have done the same thing on both the cb and the b5. Except it sucks when you kick it and there is no resistence. Blah
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Re: kick starter went limp(my fault)
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2012, 07:14:19 PM »
i have to admit i would like to meet a female rc51 owner myself ;D i removed the kick starter on my rc51 (rvt1000r) as it  limits my lean angle :o   i always instinctively grab the clutch when starting bikes to make sure there is no supprise's. i kicked my enfield to life a dozen times prior (and after) without pulling the clutch but at that point i was very cold and think a slight drop in my core body temp (hypothermia) caused me to revert back to my basic movements.   

thats my story and im sticking to it  ;D
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