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Norton 74 kickstart not engaging

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by phliper, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. phliper

    phliper

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    Aug 19, 2011
    Hey guys

    Just started my 74 850 roadster today. Starts after 3 kicks, I was happy! Stopped the bike, then tried to start it again after an hour.

    Kicked her 3 or 4 times, she kicked back, hunted my knee of course... haha

    Then tried to kick her back and the kickstart did not engage. The spring works, i can push the lever down with my feet or hand, I can hear small clicks when I push the lever down. But it doesn’t engage.

    Do you think it’s my kickstart pawl?

    Thanks!
     
  2. blaisestation

    blaisestation

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    Apr 10, 2008
    Sounds like it.
     
  3. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

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    Dec 5, 2017
    Most likely the pawl, though mine used to slip occasionally every day or so....seems to make a difference if I've correctly push the lever to the top of compression stroke before giving her the beans....easier on the leg and the pawl. I've now done a full gearbox rebuild and replaced the pawl/springs with fresh.
    Only other thing to confirm...do the splines on the arm slip on the kicker spindle? This is a common issue and there are several solutions. One is to grind down a few teeth (two) nearest the slot for the clamping bolt...to allow the slot for be clamped closer together. Another fix is to replace the clamp bolt with a through bolt, high strength, and a nut. I chose a third option...using some JB weld on the splines to give it a bit more grip. Easy enough to heat with propane and soften the epoxy when time comes to remove it.
     

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