Kick start lever remove - riding without it

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Re: Kick start lever remove - riding without it

Post by jaybird » Sun May 06, 2018 10:35 pm

phliparoonie wrote:Less fatiguing to use your toe to push down to upshift- no shin splints. Better control in getting the right amount of "stomp" to shift up. IMHO
No offense, but you must have a 24" inseam, my leg just doesn't bend like that. No way I could "stomp" down with my toe on the heel pedal of the shifter with my leg length.

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Re: Kick start lever remove - riding without it

Post by phliparoonie » Mon May 07, 2018 8:15 am

LOL. Nope still wearing 33/32's. Maybe a Tourist is set up differently.
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Re: Kick start lever remove - riding without it

Post by flexydude » Mon May 07, 2018 12:13 pm

the first mod i did was to cut off the kickstart lever, got tired of it grinding into the back of my leg. I boxed in the cut end and now i can just slip it on and off when needed
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Re: Kick start lever remove - riding without it

Post by windmill » Mon May 07, 2018 12:38 pm

phliparoonie wrote:LOL. Nope still wearing 33/32's. Maybe a Tourist is set up differently.
More like we are all set up differently. I have a 34" inseam, and size 9 feet, I never contact the kick start on either of my rigs while riding, or shifting. I can upshift with either my heel or toe without issue, although I normally use my heel.

I thought the OP's post was odd until others stated they have the same issue, it simply never occurred to me as it isn't an issue for me, it takes unnatural contortions for me to contact the kick starter while seated. Back in the 80's I had a Sportster, and hated it because the air cleaner caught me in just the wrong place on my knee.

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