Shearing off kick starter teeth...1954 18S

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This is the only bike I've ever had trouble putting on the center stand. The first time I kicked it and sheared off the teeth on my kick starter I was not happy, but new to this bike, so on with a new one. Same thing after confirming neutral, kicked it and sheared the second kicker!
The Q is has this happened to anyone else out there? I can only guess it "snicked" into gear and when I kick it the tire which barely clears the ground contacts the ground while I'm kicking it, and the resistance of the tire leads to the shearing of the teeth?
1. Any way I can tell if I have the correct c-stand?
2. Extremely difficult to get on the C-stand? Easily the hardest bike virtually no "fulcrum" to aide getting it up on the stand.
3. Gotta find out before I put on my 2nd replacement kicker.........
 

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If you are talking about the spline teeth on the shaft where the kickstart lever fits then a likely culprit is your kickstart lever itself.
Some, typically some of the cheap (and not so cheap) repros have teeth all the way round, including right up to the "split"
There should be a good 3/8" either side of the split without any teeth.
If you have teeth in this area then tightening the clamp bolt does two things:
1. It damages (as in - starts to shear) the teeth on the shaft near the split.
2. It can't tighten the joint as intended, meaning, if you don't have teeth failure, you will suffer from a loose kicker and wonder why you always have to tighten it.

This is what it should look like...
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...should have mentioned, by way of explanation, that with the bare areas with no teeth then you'll have about 36 teeth working properly.
If you have teeth adjacent to the gap then you'll only have 10 teeth working in a poorly clamped way.
 
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...should have mentioned, by way of explanation, that with the bare areas with no teeth then you'll have about 36 teeth working properly.
If you have teeth adjacent to the gap then you'll only have 10 teeth working in a poorly clamped way.

Mine did not have the blank area, knew my replacement was a re-pop. I will look for an OEM kicker. But it took all my strenth to put this little bike onto it's centerstand, I can't belive most would actually be able to acomplish it, my Commando is stupidly easy to put on it's stand.........something is not right.
 

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Mine did not have the blank area, knew my replacement was a re-pop. I will look for an OEM kicker. But it took all my strenth to put this little bike onto it's centerstand, I can't belive most would actually be able to acomplish it, my Commando is stupidly easy to put on it's stand.........something is not right.
I have successfully removed the offending teeth with a Dremel grinder - The kickstarter then worked fine.
If still serviceable, this may be a less costly option for you.
Cheers
Rob
 

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...and, if it's a bastard to kick, as my 500 single was, you could do far worse than fit an RGM folding kicker. They're brilliant!
Longer so gives more leverage.
 
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...and, if it's a bastard to kick, as my 500 single was, you could do far worse than fit an RGM folding kicker. They're brilliant!
Longer so gives more leverage.
No mine was fixed. Actually thought of modifying it ti make a folder...........
 
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