Manky Monkey Motors

Technical Section => General Tech => Topic started by: morrag on August 04, 2021, 07:56:50 PM

Title: Me and Kickstarters!
Post by: morrag on August 04, 2021, 07:56:50 PM
Now whilst still vertical, at the great age I have acquired....acquired?....due to dodgy knees, particularly the right one, I struggle, that's an understatement! to kick start my '65 T100, so what to do to ease the situation, and i don't mean the silly priced electric boot conversions!! Anyway, any thoughts to a reasonably priced solution gratefully, not "rollers" :'( there you go, all you super intelligent "Mankys" out there, apply you wisdom to this problem, hey, it will affect y'all eventually, Regards all, Morrag.

Title: Re: Me and Kickstarters!
Post by: Tony oily bike on August 05, 2021, 09:20:41 PM
Don't know if this is worth thinking about, but there are (were?) available small (smaller than a spark plug in diameter) manually-operated decompressors.

Trouble is they require enough space in the cylinder head for a hole to be drilled and tapped, so it can be fitted

Once in place, they have a push-button which opens, and temporarily locks, a small valve (from memory prob less than  1/4" dia), making turning the engine over a lot easier.

When the engine fires, the internal pressure automatically closes the valve.

Cheers  ;)

FYI This is the type of thing.

Title: Re: Me and Kickstarters!
Post by: Olds on August 06, 2021, 05:52:36 AM
Which kickstart lever is fitted ? Seem to remember that early bikes had a short lever, 68 on had a longer one making it a tad easier on the knees.
The only other idea I can think of, is to lower the compression ratio by making a copper or aluminium base gasket. Downside is a loss of performance and possibly a need for longer pushrods.

Title: Re: Me and Kickstarters!
Post by: morrag on August 06, 2021, 06:47:16 PM
Well gents, no surprises that words of wisdom are forthcoming. Decompress or idea a possibility, and in my trialing days, an essential piece of Kit, so..... The longer kickstart is also worth consideration, and tomorrow I shall have a hunt through my extremely valuable Triumph, aka junk! spares stock, for such an item, that I recall from the distant past I just might have, cheers both, your interest and advice gratefully received, regards, Morrag.