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m3att
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Freeland WA
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Just looking for a little advice on my 69 R50. The last two times that I have had it out it started with one kick no problem, but after shutting it off and then trying to restart, the kick lever felt like it wasn't engaging. After a number of trys I bent down to see how it felt when I pushed it by hand and was able to feel it catch. I gave it a hard push and it started. The bike has 31,000 miles and was at a dealer a couple of months ago for a once over and given a very clean bill of health. To my knowledge none of engine/trans has ever been apart. Thanks, Matt

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Kick starter troubles

Matt -

Just a wild thought...any chance the clutch is adjust too close to being disengaged? I notice that when I try and start my /2 and I'm slowly working through the kick lever to prime it and/or find a compression cycle, the kick start lever will get very firm, almost locked up. By pulling in the clutch handle, I can get past that point and reengage at a different point and continue the stroking.

Ever have the problem when starting cold? I'm wondering if it has to do with a slightly misadjusted clutch and when warm, things expand or move around so that the clutch is very nearly diengaged.

Kurt in S.A.

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m3att
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Kick starter troubles

That is a good thought. It seems to be fine when its cold. The mechanic adjusted the clutch but I will check it out.
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Kick starter troubles

Hi on a few older BMWs I have found that the kick starter gear wears a little and allows the two gears to miss mesh and seem to hit point to point I dont think it is an issue just pull in the clutch and allow it to relocate a little then try again...

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Re: Kick starter troubles

"m3att" wrote:

... 69 R50... the kick lever felt like it wasn't engaging... pushed it by hand and was able to feel it catch...

Sounds like typical kick starter sector gear damage. Go to Duane's transmission page and scroll down just past 1/2 way to the bold heading:
"/2 and /5 BMW kick starter gear information"
http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/trans/

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