Kick start 75 r90/6

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Armand
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Kick start 75 r90/6

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So my owners manual shows a kickstart but my bike does not have one ( I sure wished it did!)
Were these optional? Is there a way/kit to put one on?

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Re: Kick start 75 r90/6

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Snowbum writes that the '74 model was the last year for the kick start as standard equipment. It is/was an option up to a certain point of time...probably only for the twin shock models. I'd say that the parts along will be well over $500 and requires that the transmission be opened up which then means that things probably should be replaced since you're in there.

The kick start was standard on the /2 models and was a robust system because that was all you had. But the kicker for the /5-on bikes was not really up to par and was best left for emergency use. I think that the kick start would not really be worth the cost and effort for what little feature it provides and/or is needed.
Kurt in S.A.
'78 R100/7 '69 R69S '52 R25/2

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Re: Kick start 75 r90/6

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I have a kickstarter on my R100RS. It is useless as a kickstarter. You will have much better success push starting your bike. It is handy for rotating the engine when adjusting valves or similar. Is it worth having?????? Not really.

Mike
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All of the guys I know who have /6,/7 bikes all say the kick start is pretty much useless. The higher compression of the /6 and /7 bikes is more than the /2 bikes. Also, the design of the kick start for these /6 and /7 bikes is as Kurt said, not very robust. Kurt probably has records of old postings mentioning braking things in these gear boxes when attempting to kick start.

I have a kick start on my R100RS, I have used it once, it would have been easier to roll start the bike. St.
Owner of a 84, R80RT and 78, R100RS

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All good input. Thanks

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