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post #1 of 160 Old 06-19-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Kick starter

I think i should put this in it's own thread.I am going to do this backwards.
HOW HARD IS IT TO KICK START A KLR650?I think some people kind of think a kick starter would be good, but are alittle scared of how hard it would be to kick so they don't bother.Well this is the thing my 13 year old son can start it in sand shoes.Anyone that trys to put on that real man BS blah blah blah are full of it.My kid can start it anyone can it's that easy.I had a kick start dr650 that was the 2nd worse bike i have ever kicked,it was hard.But the klr is dead easy.
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post #2 of 160 Old 06-19-2011, 06:25 PM
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Beats me. I've never experienced a KLR with a kick starter. I had a Suzuki 600 single that was a kick-start but it had a decompression lever. If you used the lever properly, it was easy. If you didn't, it wasn't all that pleasant if things didn't go right with the sequence.



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Gday Planalp my dr had the same system.It was fine till i get stuck on the same hill for the 4th time sweat in the eyes thinking to myself what am i doing here.Thats when it gets hard,with the klr you just kick and it starts fool proof.
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I am not going to get into the reasons why you should, or shouldn't have a kick starter.I need one because the starter motor has to go,to fit the carb i am putting on this bike.You are going to need a clutch cover,you could get your stock one milled but that could end up costing more than a cover off Ebay.You will need the old model clutch lever that goes into the clutch cover.The gear on the crank has to be changed,the whole clutch has to be changed,you need the kick starter idle gear,the kick start stopper,the kick start itself,and the kick start lever.Best way to get most of this,is of a klr600.It is very easy to do, if you can change a clutch you can do this.I will load up some pics Today.BTW my kick start lever is half klr, half dt.I had to do that to clear my subframe.
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Without the clutch cover
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I am not going to get into the reasons why you should, or shouldn't have a kick starter.I need one because the starter motor has to go,to fit the carb i am putting on this bike.You are going to need a clutch cover,you could get your stock one milled but that could end up costing more than a cover off Ebay.You will need the old model clutch lever that goes into the clutch cover.The gear on the crank has to be changed,the whole clutch has to be changed,you need the kick starter idle gear,the kick start stopper,the kick start itself,and the kick start lever.Best way to get most of this,is of a klr600.It is very easy to do, if you can change a clutch you can do this.I will load up some pics Today.BTW my kick start lever is half klr, half dt.I had to do that to clear my subframe.
While this is something I'll probably never do, I actually wish my KLR did just have a kick starter with a decomp lever. Thought the same thing about my Honda XR. It doesn't seem like the electric starter system on either of these bikes I've owned is prone to failure and I don't worry about it, but a kick-start-only setup would be fine with me. An electric start with a kick backup would be even better.

Probably just nostalgia from bikes past, but there's just something natural about kick-starting a motorcycle. I have nothing against electric start; just don't mind kicking.

Interesting project. Thanks for sharing the photos.



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A kick starter is just tech day "bling". It is fairly easy to kickstart the KLR (unless your wearing flip-flops and have offroad footpegs). I've never had to use it to start the bike, just do it from time to time for practice.
They are cheap and easy to install on the older models. -Tom. Oh ya, speaking of bling, if you have the aftermarket rear master cylinder guard that looks like a shiney cheese grater, it will probably rub bad against the kick lever.

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While this is something I'll probably never do, I actually wish my KLR did just have a kick starter with a decomp lever. Thought the same thing about my Honda XR. It doesn't seem like the electric starter system on either of these bikes I've owned is prone to failure and I don't worry about it, but a kick-start-only setup would be fine with me. An electric start with a kick backup would be even better.

Probably just nostalgia from bikes past, but there's just something natural about kick-starting a motorcycle. I have nothing against electric start; just don't mind kicking.

Interesting project. Thanks for sharing the photos.
I agree. On my old Honda it just feels good to kick. Has an electric start, too, but I never use it.




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While this is something I'll probably never do, I actually wish my KLR did just have a kick starter with a decomp lever. Thought the same thing about my Honda XR. It doesn't seem like the electric starter system on either of these bikes I've owned is prone to failure and I don't worry about it, but a kick-start-only setup would be fine with me. An electric start with a kick backup would be even better.

Probably just nostalgia from bikes past, but there's just something natural about kick-starting a motorcycle. I have nothing against electric start; just don't mind kicking.

Interesting project. Thanks for sharing the photos.


The KLR has a decomp on the exhaust cam, you don't need a manual lever. At starting speeds the decomp holds the exhaust valve slightly open.

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The KLR has a decomp on the exhaust cam, you don't need a manual lever. At starting speeds the decomp holds the exhaust valve slightly open.
Hey, you learn something new every day, Spec. I didn't know that. I guess that would explain why peter650 finds it so easy to kick-start. Thanks for the info.



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