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Would It Help Or Hurt
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soupy1957
Posted 12/2/2017 5:47 AM (#95810)
Subject: Would It Help Or Hurt



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Because I haven’t mastered kickstarting the RE motorcycle yet, and because I live in New England where the temperatures get down to 25° at night these days, I’m wondering if it might be an encouragement to the motor, before I turn the key on, or attempt to electronically start the bike, to run the kick starter through a couple of downward compression stroke’s to get things flowing, before trying to electronically start the bike. In other words priming the pump if you will.

Any practical value to that, or is it not advisable for one reason or another?

It would make sense to me to make sure that after a couple of easy kicks of the kick starter, that I bring it back up to the top of the compression stroke, before trying to electronically start the bike.

Your thoughts???

P.S.: I find it rather interesting that the Owners Manual says NOTHING about the use of the kick starter!

Edited by soupy1957 12/2/2017 9:02 AM
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deadhawg
Posted 12/3/2017 12:36 AM (#95823 - in reply to #95810)
Subject: RE: Would It Help Or Hurt


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soupy1957 - 12/2/2017 5:47 AM

Because I haven’t mastered kickstarting the RE motorcycle yet, and because I live in New England where the temperatures get down to 25° at night these days, I’m wondering if it might be an encouragement to the motor, before I turn the key on, or attempt to electronically start the bike, to run the kick starter through a couple of downward compression stroke’s to get things flowing, before trying to electronically start the bike. In other words priming the pump if you will.

Any practical value to that, or is it not advisable for one reason or another?

It would make sense to me to make sure that after a couple of easy kicks of the kick starter, that I bring it back up to the top of the compression stroke, before trying to electronically start the bike.

Your thoughts???

P.S.: I find it rather interesting that the Owners Manual says NOTHING about the use of the kick starter!


I can't see how it would hurt anything, give it a try and report back.
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cycleman
Posted 12/16/2017 10:51 AM (#95921 - in reply to #95810)
Subject: Re: Would It Help Or Hurt


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I would just use the starter motor. Save the kick start for when you have battery problems. On carb bikes it will start via kick start with a low battery. With fuel injection it won't start with low battery as the fuel pump needs a minimum voltage, usually in the range of 11 volts.
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