The kick starter has never been too ... thorough ... on my /5. It just can't get enough spin in the engine really light it off. It will start the bike, but I don't feel to confident using it. I know, like on the pre-electric start Harley's, that the state of tune of the engine plays a big part in being able to kick start it. There are a couple of YouTube vids on starting the /5, in one of them I'd swear the guy just lets his foot drop on the pedal and it lights off.
More than anything, the kick starter is a conversation piece among my riding buddies. It's somehow unnatural for them to see a kickstarter perpendicular to the motorcycle.
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I had to cringe at the process by the R65 guy...whoowee...that seems like a disaster waiting to happen. All it will take is one time for the internal teeth not to match up with him jacking on the kicker to ruin his day.
Thought you'd enjoy that. My reaction too...
Thanks all around
Thanks for the excellent help. I will concentrate initially on the battery.
But I note it is only about a year old, and cranked quite well the day before it would'nt crank at all.
I will post the results when problem is isolated and solved.
Concerning the kick starter, I have no insight into how robust it is, but I have used it extensively for many years. I often use it to "prime" the bike, before relying on the starter motor. It is a technique that I developed over the years. I have learned that when the engine is stone cold, a few primer kicks usually translates into an immediate start with the starter, while with the starter alone , as pertains to my particular /5, cranking time and intensity before turning over has varied alot, and a few times left me in some odd locations and times of day with a bike that wouldn't.
Regards all around for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.