Any tips on kickstarting?
(Cape Town, South Africa)
I kick-started a bike for the first time in my life yesterday! It was a bit of a struggle, but I got it eventually, and have had the mechanics of the thing explained to me, because I figure it’ll be easier if I can picture what I’m trying to achieve. Being a 350, it is fairly easy to start, and I’ve decided that I’m going to master it before I ride it anywhere (luckily I have another bike, so I’m not depriving myself meanwhile!!), because I can just imagine myself getting all hot and flustered trying to start the bike the first time I stall it at an intersection!
So, I was just wondering if anyone out there has some tips which could help me master the technique – because I’ve been told it’s all about technique, not brute force – which is just as well, because I’m a bit of a short lightweight, and the bike has had to be lowered for me, but the kickstarter is still in it’s original position, so starting from a standing on the pegs position is what I’ve got right so far, but obviously this isn’t ideal!
Is there anything besides practice, practice, practice?!