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Title: Starting aid!
Post by: unclerob on 01.04. 2015 17:00
My knees not being what they once were I'd been toying with the idea of making an electric paddock type starter for quite a while but came across a chap in Suffolk making these. He supplies them without the motor which I picked up secondhand the other day, got it all connected and working today....it is wonderful!!!
I haven't tried it on the A10 yet since its still in hibernation but tried a couple of other bikes that are considerably harder to start and both were forced instantly into life with no effort at all....and no sore knees!
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: Greybeard on 01.04. 2015 17:16
Gonna make a trailer so you can get the bike going again when you stall it at the traffic lights? ;)
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: bsa-bill on 01.04. 2015 17:35
interesting bit of kit.

Ha Ha Greybeard, usually quite an adrenalin rush in those occasions helps the old leg action
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: Beezageezauk on 01.04. 2015 19:56
If the time came that I couldn't kickstart the A10 I think I would go for one of Steve McFarlane's electric starters.

Beezageezauk.

Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: Butch (cb) on 02.04. 2015 11:19
I have a ride on mechanic who covers these aspects for me - a smallish lad perched up on the flapper bracket.
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: edboy on 02.04. 2015 11:51
quite a common mod when old boys with sore knees used to ride their bikes daily was to lengthen the kickstart to the length of a bar. i remember an old boy with an ariel combination in the late 70s- 80,s who frequented knights and son and started his combo sitting down and pulling on the lever. unfortunately the mobile phone camera wasnt around then and i cant remember the final detail of how he made the lever but as a snotty teenager i was impressed.
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: RichardL on 02.04. 2015 13:31
Gonna make a trailer so you can get the bike going again when you stall it at the traffic lights? ;)

Easy to argue that reducing the number of kickstarts saves the knee(s) to be used when there is no choice while out and about.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: renos-a10 on 02.04. 2015 13:44
Very good job... *smiley4*
Title: Re: Starting aid!
Post by: unclerob on 02.04. 2015 18:06
Yes, that was my thinking too! Not so sure about the trailer, it would have to be quite hefty to get a generator in there as well....or a very long length of cable! But really I didn't buy it specifically for one bike so the electric start wasn't really an option, not to mention the whole thing came to less than £300 all in....
Realised it has another benefit today as well, I've just finished some engine work on another bike and tried it on the starter for 5 or 10 minutes without plugs in just to see oil was circulating etc....got up to over 30mph on the speedo!