Alternative kick start levers

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Alternative kick start levers

Postby ML » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:11 pm

Recently I've seen some new or improved versions of kick start levers. It appears that extended length for easier effort and better clearance around the exhaust are achieved. With the price of original kit, I'm interested to see what is readily available or what others may have fabricated to improve over the Mk3 design, which I currently have on my Mk2. My preference would be for a bolt on replacement, happy to send the old one away in exchange but I'm concerned about the condition of the splines which always seem to require replacing the pawl shaft as well.

I am very interested in Andy's design - and I hope Andy can tell us where he got it or had it made up?

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby cdafirefighter » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:14 pm

I have seen that type of kick start lever for sale from RGM and Commando specialties. It looks pretty good, but it seems overpriced to me.

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby steven wardlaw » Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:03 am

I've just purchased one from commandospecialties and it sure makes it easier to spin the old girl over. You pay for it once but you love it every time you start your old girl. You will never wish you had not gotten it.

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby Yellow_Cad » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:35 am

I went on commandospecialties' site but don't see a kick lever like in Swooshdave's photo. How much are these?

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby swooshdave » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:02 pm

Yellow_Cad wrote:I went on commandospecialties' site but don't see a kick lever like in Swooshdave's photo. How much are these?


http://www.commandospecialties.com/Prod_Detail.asp?MSecID=54&ProdID=173
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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby Andy » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:50 pm

Mick,

I got mine from RGM http://www.rgmmotors.co.uk

which was 85GBP last year. For me it's not overprized, as it does the job and quality is spot on.
Lever ratio is right and downpipe clearance is not an issue any more. And I think it fits the lines of my old girl very well.
Seems to be the same that commandospecialties sells.

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby gtsun » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:40 am

Does any one know if a folding kickstart arm would clear a set of rearsets with a straight shift lever as opposed to the big loop needed to clear a stock kickstart arm? I would like to make or buy a "modern" set of rearsets for my 850. It would be nice to be able to just have a "straight" shift lever if it would clear.

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby katescottageiom » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:16 am

gtsun,
Search under modified kick starters.
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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby gtsun » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:55 am

Well thanks katescottageiom but I tried searching "modified kick starters" as suggested but no such luck unless your suggesting converting to "Electric start" & removing the kick lever.???

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby swooshdave » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:46 pm

gtsun wrote:Does any one know if a folding kickstart arm would clear a set of rearsets with a straight shift lever as opposed to the big loop needed to clear a stock kickstart arm? I would like to make or buy a "modern" set of rearsets for my 850. It would be nice to be able to just have a "straight" shift lever if it would clear.


Wouldn't the one pictured above work?
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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby Madnorton » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:29 am

Well having read on another thread on here that the pattern one Britbits in Christchurch, UK sell is better quality and fit than OEM, I'm just nipping down there to get one and start getting the gearbox back together. I will certainly post back and let you know what it is like.

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby plj850 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:03 pm

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HI can I ask a favour can you measure the distance between the kick start about 4 inches ab above the shaft centre to the gearbox....
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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby Cookie » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:00 pm

I did put another inch in a Mk 3 type for mine, seems to work well.
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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby Andy » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:37 pm

plj850 wrote:HI can I ask a favour can you measure the distance between the kick start about 4 inches ab above the shaft centre to the gearbox....
Cheers Paul


Hi Paul,

I measured it today. It's about 1 1/4".

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Re: Alternative kick start levers

Postby ML » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:33 pm

Thanks for all the good replies. I'm doing a job on a 850 Mk2 for a mate whos had a hip replacement and anything that will ease the kick over will be helpful. I'm also considering the inevitability of this for mine. On an A10 BSA which had a fixed lever, so the foot section stuck out permanently, I adapated a Jap swiveling lever top end to it, had it rechromed and it looked OK and worked fine. I like Cookies idea of welding in an extenstion to a Mk3.

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