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Old 10-21-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default kick start conversion for newer sporties?

this may be a little OT, I'm not sure how year-strict you guys are, just let me know...

I'm looking for a kickstart conversion for my 07 sportster, I feel like a fink everytime I press the electric start. I cant seem to find any for newer sportsters. Anyone know where I can get one?
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:31 AM   #2
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This topic has come up on here many times. I'm not aware of anyone who's made one yet.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:39 AM   #3
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Thanks, I tried the search box but didnt find anything that new. I guess I'll have to live with it for now. Has anyone on here made there own?
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure on the fuel injected twinkies at least, that the crank sensor requires engine to spin over a few times before it will accept the signal. That's just one obstacle that comes to mind.
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It'll require so much re-engineering that you'll end up with a pre-69 Ironhead.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:18 PM   #6
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i got a broken knee right now from kicking my sporty. ask me if i want a push button.

forget a kicker, go ride your damn bike.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:25 PM   #7
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Yea, there is something to the old joke about "You can tell Sportster riders by their limp."
If you ride a kick start Sporty, you need to keep the kicker in good shape.
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Someone said this above, some newer bikes require revolutions until ignition...so kick fast
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Could do this...but I suggest listening to Dailey.

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There's this one...
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:30 PM   #11
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Wow.
Look at all that business...in a Featherbed no less.
Don't forget to flip that footpeg up before you start it!
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Kickstarting ANY bike when it's got a wild hair up it's ass and is in no mood to fire only looks cool to guys who've never had to deal with that bullshit on a regular basis.
Have the shitty kicker gears on an ironhead slip on you when your mind is on something else (read: knee is hyper-extended) and all of the fun of kicking that IH over is washed away and drowned out by the screaming as your knee pops out of joint.
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In order to convert your 07 to a kick start, you need a 2000-03 cam cover so you can use a kick option DYNA ingnition, then cut off the sporty trans and put a big twin trans behind it, then you will be able to kick start it.

Yeah, lost of monney and time, but it is possible....Roach.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:04 PM   #14
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Default Re: kick start conversion for newer sporties?

Ok you talked me out of it. I know kicking bikes can be a pain in the ass, I've done my fair share of it. Thanks for the replies.

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i got a broken knee right now from kicking my sporty. ask me if i want a push button.

forget a kicker, go ride your damn bike.

28,000 miles in 3 years isnt too bad
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i dont know anything about sportsters why are the such a pain in the ass to kick over?
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Cheaper to find a old Ironhead with a kicker and ride that when you want a kicker.
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The older ones have a reputation for the kicker gears ratcheting and the kick arm freefalling through. It travels in an arc (I guess all kickers do) and if you lock your knee while you're kicking, it tries to fold your knee backwards. Not fun.That being said, if your kicker gears, bushings, and spring are all in good shape, it doesn't happen very often.
Then all you have to worry about is the engine kicking back.
You didn't lock your knee again did you?
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An old buddy of mine used to speak fondly of "sportster knee"...
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"kicking is for horses, kangaroos, and Irish dancers" -KIRK!
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You didn't lock your knee again did you?
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If you're reffering to me, then yes, i did.

I think about it everytime I've kicked since the first time it happened, and just a week prior to this last incident I thought, hmm, she sure has been treating me good lately. Then AHHHHHHH!

After 3 weeks of wating for the swelling to go away, I finally decided to go the doctor. Fractured tibia, a leg brace hinged at the knee, and crutches for the last 6 weeks. I can finally start limping around now. Yippee.
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