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Title: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: dave55 on 01.12. 2016 10:35
Hello, I was just wondering if anyone uses their left leg to kickstart their bike, either by choice or by force ? Do left handed people use left leg , never seen it done .Got result of a scan last night and need an operation to join some bust ligaments on right knee, doc said may take into new year for op then physio . So im thinking that's going to be spring by time its right if it ever is sorted.
I remember some lads in 70.s used to start their hairdryer scoots with left leg (weird breakaway bunch ) and was wondering if poss an A10 ? Just in case I need to before summer comes back  *smile*   Cheers Dave
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: duTch on 01.12. 2016 11:13

 No good what we think; if it has to be done get in practice and just do it- let us know how it goes *wink2*
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: Topdad on 01.12. 2016 12:13
A mate of mine damaged his right knee ( idiot used to go potholing ) badly ,could only afford his bike so he had to get used to using his left leg ,it was only a speed twin but he did it, best of luck.
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: Angus on 01.12. 2016 13:19
My son Luke used to naturally use his left foot to start the A10. He did it mostly but struggled at times. He's not left handed so I have no idea why. I beat him continually until he used his right foot all the time, but it has not improved his ability to start it.
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: RichardL on 01.12. 2016 13:45
Gets even trickier astride the bike, facing forward. OK, OK, I'll give it a breather.   :o

Richard L.
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: duTch on 01.12. 2016 18:53


 
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Gets even trickier astride the bike, facing forward. OK, OK, I'll give it a breather.   :o

 Now you mention it (and glad you did, saved me doing it) unless I'm in a time warp, I'm fairly sure this was discussed a while ago
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: chaterlea25 on 01.12. 2016 18:56
Hi All,
 *????* *????* *????* I'm left handed but use my right leg to start the bikes, even when I had a lefthand kickstart bike I had to use my right leg ??

Dave, its just the excuse you need to buy the electric start kit for the A10 !

John
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: muskrat on 01.12. 2016 19:36
I often do it lefty with the bike on the center stand, especially if I need to start'em without getting on (tuning etc).
Cheers
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: RichardL on 01.12. 2016 20:09
It's really too cold to ride, but all this talk about starting up got me itchy, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to circulate the oil a little. While I was at it, I thought I'd use the left leg. Took a bit of getting used to, but it worked.

Here's the video (not showing the kicking) and you also get a look at my oil filter bodge.

https://youtu.be/lmw3LMmT2Oo

Then, while I was looking around to see and hear recordings of other bikes running, I stumbled on this video from Pedro. He shared it before, but I thought it would be fun to look at again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqWRqXXYWnQ

Richard L.

Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: Bsareg on 01.12. 2016 23:41
Hi, My dad always started his BSA G14 (1000cc v twin) left footed, nothing wrong with right leg, just habit.
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: dave55 on 02.12. 2016 10:27
Thanks for replies, Angus that's just like my dad  *smile*.   John funds wont stretch to an electric start at mo so I may need to teach wife to start it or get her to push......shes a strong lass ! ;).
Watched that Henry Cole on tv yesterday, and he bought a Husqvarna dirt bike from the 70,s and that had a left sided kickstart , did not know any bikes built with one, anyway I start training tomorrow afternoon for lefty kick vroom vroom and will start with 3 Shredded wheat and a Marmite sandwich in the morning just hope it starts as easy as Pedros one  *smile*
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: cyclobutch on 02.12. 2016 13:54
Conversely, I have had the misfortune to own left kick machines on odd occasions, and in fact have one I’ve bought just recently. I really can’t get on with that at all. I have to stand on the left side of the bike and use my right foot.
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: pedrochapala on 02.12. 2016 18:43
It's really too cold to ride, but all this talk about starting up got me itchy, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to circulate the oil a little. While I was at it, I thought I'd use the left leg. Took a bit of getting used to, but it worked.

Here's the video (not showing the kicking) and you also get a look at my oil filter bodge.

https://youtu.be/lmw3LMmT2Oo

Then, while I was looking around to see and hear recordings of other bikes running, I stumbled on this video from Pedro. He shared it before, but I thought it would be fun to look at again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqWRqXXYWnQ

Richard L.
jeez richard how didja get yer engine so shiny? i was 180lbs. in that vid and now am only 137 and have lost about 60% of my muscle mass so i leap up and then down with my whole body to kick 'er.  somebody mentioned about electric for an a10,is that possible for my '53. sure am interested!
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: muskrat on 02.12. 2016 19:09
G'day Pedro, good to see your still lurking in the background  *wave*.
Unfortunately no the electric leg won't fit on a plunger.
Cheers
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: RichardL on 02.12. 2016 20:28
Pedro,

The chromed primary and timing covers, and rocker box, remain from the rebuild in the '70s when I didn't know better and no one cared. I re-chromed the hubs in the 2003-6 restoration to honor the bike as it was in '79 when someone turned left in front of me. Then, I guess the clear-coat from the 2005 paint job has held up decently.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Starting Bike With Other Leg ?
Post by: dave55 on 03.01. 2017 16:19
Well I finally got a day with decent sunshine and dry roads last week and the wife says im off shopping so out came the bike and had a play, must admit its a lot easier than I expected it to be to start it with left leg  ;) in some ways easier than with right leg as you don't catch the left leg as the kickstart comes down ( maybe just me has that problem with short legs lol )