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Old 11 Oct 2012
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What are you guys on about?!

I can kickstart my 1990 XT600E easily with no auto-decompression system!
(I retrofitted the kickstart)!

Got problems with the kickstarting?

Turn the ignition key OFF(very important!)

Take of the auto-decompression cable.
Leave the bike on the kickstand and prepare to kick it.
CHOKE ON - NO THROTTLE
Apply tension on the kickstart until you feel heavy resistance.
Gently apply a bit more tension so the piston passes TDC just one tiny bit. (may take you a few times to practice this step, don't worry!)
Let the kickstart come all the way back.

Turn ignition key ON!

Apply little tension to remove the kickstart slack.
Big heavy powerfull FULL kick (as if you want to kick a hole on the floor. If you do not do this, the bike won't start!!)
If you can "JUMP" to get some momentum to kickstart!

Congrats, the bike is running!
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Bacardi is right. I had my bike's decompression cable snapped for a few days (until repaired) so I had absolutely no problem kickstarting it like that.
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Yes, that will work in an emergency. And i had not considered retrofitted kickstart because that would have been a different question.

But it's in the original poster's name: 34Lima. 34L tenere, 1983-'85. And 43F until i don't know when.

Soon you would break the clutch housing. Magnesium. There are no more new ones.
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I broke mine right hand side engine cover while kickstarting...
I didn't have the correct bolt fitted and the head of the bolt punched a hole..

Took the engine cover off, cleaned it properly, grinded, de greassed and JB Weld and let it cure on the greenhouse for two days, reground it to make it smooth on the inside and it's as good as new!

And I Welded a bit 1sq inch 1/4" piece of stainless steel on to the footstand to make a proper very strong kick stop!


I suggest everyone doing the same if they are using kickstart because the engine internal kickstops are very flimsy looking :S
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Quote: 'Big heavy powerfull FULL kick (as if you want to kick a hole on the floor. If you do not do this, the bike won't start!!)
If you can "JUMP" to get some momentum to kickstart!'
Quote: 'I broke mine right hand side engine cover while kickstarting...'

I rest my case.

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Pete, If you'd read my previous post you'd know what I did wrong to make brake mine. I went to my local hardware store and bought a bolt as I didn't have THE proper bolt for tightening the kick boss. It was the Bolt head that made the hole 5mm hole on the RHS engine cover -.-
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Here is the perfect example of how you have to kickstart the XT!

CR500-AF compression testing - YouTube

Same technique, different bikes!
Just watch what that guy is doing on those first few seconds!
AND don't touch the throttle!


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