Once owning a kick-start only Yamaha SR500 I can attest to the relative ease in starting the bike by foot. However,there were a few times when the bike stalled at an intersection and didn't want to start quite as easy as it did at home when cold. That was embarrassing.I would get the RE with both (as the new ones have) starters and use the kick-starter as much as possible.
Electric starters can do you injury too, you know. A friend of mine had has a 500 and he says it kicked back on the electric starter once. He showed me a terrible bruise on his thumb.
"and it takes practice finding that sweet spot just past TDC."An aside I know, but any clues as to HOW to find it??
Thanks - I shall study your guide! Does it make a difference that I don't have a de-compressor?
There was a suggestion on the Yahoo R E site today that might be useful to you all. It suggest that, in order to remove the chance of damaging the sprgue clutch (whatever that is) you begin electric starting it with the decompression open a little and the engine gets turning, then kick in the compression. Is that a good idea?Sort of like bikes like the Moto Guzzi that have fairly large Bosch type starter motors. Seem a lot more rugged to me, but how could one be fit?