Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

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Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Don Grove » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:31 pm

I left my key switch on (again) draining the battery, and thought I'd give the kick start a try. I gave it two or three soft kicks and then one hard one. I didn't kick it like a mule, just a normal one. The entire arm snapped off. I just stood there and looked at it for about 30 seconds and walked to an auto parts store, bought a battery charger and through the kick starter in the trunk.
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I since learned that you can't kick start a ural with a flat battery anyway. So the trip to the parts store was not in vain.
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Ragman » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:03 pm

Never had that happen and I used to kick the 05 all the time. the 11 don't like being kicked.
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby URAL CT » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:43 pm

Jeeez Don...you ate too much wheaties today...we're all proud of ya!! :lol:
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Don Grove » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:22 pm

LOL When I was down in Holopaw, Gene and I both kicked it and it was fine. (in San Diego now) That was the last time I used it.

You're right, this bike doesn't like to be kicked. The only time I kick started this bike was with Gene: the engine was warm and the battery was fully charged.
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Jimmy » Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:31 am

next time, I think you may want to use your weak leg to kick start it
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby BigJames » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:26 am

Impressive! However, kickstart my 11 all the time, just because I can. Have to prime her first and in a kick or two we're off...
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Postby reduc » Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:25 am

Don Grove wrote:I since learned that you can't kick start a ural with a flat battery anyway. So the trip to the parts store was not in vain.

Mr. Grove, I think it goes without sayin' that you, Sir, are one bad motor scooter! Now what's this you say about not being able to kick a Ural with a dead battery?? That pretty much makes the kicker a paperweight, and something that needs to be pulled off of there at the earliest opportunity! Imagine the increase in power-to-weight ratio!
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Lee Pape » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:02 am

Years ago at one of the early SPITS gatherings Vance Blosser jumped started his Ural by using the battery out of his laptop computer. I don't remember if he kickstarted ot or rolled down a hill to turn it over.
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Lokiboy » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:07 am

The quality of Russian metallurgy never ceases to amaze me. And to think, folks go into space using the same quality :o

BTW, I kick start the majority of the time on my 2011
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby co_g30 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:32 am

Dang, I've a 2011 and have kick started it several times recently.....now I wonder.
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby Albuquralque » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:01 am

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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby gremlin96 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:08 am

if your battery is low, you should be able to kick start it. the problem is the headlight. it sucks the power needed to fire the spark plugs.

a Buddy of mine had a British bike with no battery. he set it up that way. it used a capacitor to get the first charge and yes it had a head light switch on it. he would turn off the head light, then shut down the bike. if he was going to be longer than a few hours at a stop he made sure he had a 9v battery with him to charge the capacitor. once the motor was started the charging system would keep it running.
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby pigdog » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:25 pm

reduc wrote:
Don Grove wrote:I since learned that you can't kick start a ural with a flat battery anyway. So the trip to the parts store was not in vain.

Mr. Grove, I think it goes without sayin' that you, Sir, are one bad motor scooter! Now what's this you say about not being able to kick a Ural with a dead battery?? That pretty much makes the kicker a paperweight, and something that needs to be pulled off of there at the earliest opportunity! Imagine the increase in power-to-weight ratio!


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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby cdscoot » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:20 pm

You are supposed to kick it straight down not sideways! :?
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Re: Has this ever happened to you? Broken Kick Start

Postby BigJames » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:27 am

had the nut that holds the hot wire fall off and go away (that was also the same day I discovered that both my ground and hot wire are both red). Electric starter would not even turn. Made sure wire was slipped on "good enough", used the kick starter rode 35 miles home. Off to the hardware store, now carry spare nuts... every motorcycle needs a working kick starter, IMHO as all cars should still have holes in the front (or side) for the crank!!

If you get a replacement on eBay, don't forget the later model kick starters have a slight bend to clear the starter...get an older one and you really will gave a nice paper weight!

What size shoe do you wear? Man I am still impressed you broke it clean off!
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