Monday, July 13, 2009

An Acquired Art

Mrs Nikos' new motorcycle - a 1982 BMW R65

A kick starter unique to BMW provided on the premise that one would never need to use it in anger.

The battery was not up to the job - A small crowd of onlookers had gathered and were taking in the spectacle that despite much effort and vective, I had not acquired within ten minutes the necessary art of kick starting a BMW 650 engine to life. The bump starting along the pavement proved more successful and the crowd dispersed rapidly as I discovered that the space where my foot should have rightfully been to operate the back brake lever was occupied by a Bing carburettor.


  1. 1981...8.4.1981...;o)

  2. Doh! I'm always getting ages wrong of the opposite sex...

  3. Hi Nikos,

    I love how simple the engineering is on old bikes, you can see and get to everything, is it to be an ongoing restoration project?



  4. Dave

    Time will only tell...


  5. Baron
    I didn't she did.
    (actually a hand me down in her family)

  6. OK got it.... it still looks good..didn't know Mrs. Nikos was allowed to ride...let alone permitted to do

  7. Think ı shall have to talk dave into buying me a bike like that, looks fab good on Mrs Nikos :)

  8. Hi Linda

    Dave has offered a box of "rawlplugs" as a swop for the turquoise beauty - he is obviously thinking that it would suit you...-;)

  9. Mrs Nikos is a very daring woman then!

  10. Yassiou Nikos...Tikanes wray..,.hope all's well...cheers mate

  11. Dear Nick: I am a reader of Riepe's "Twisted Road" and an owner of a 1974 R90S with kick start. I've used it quite a few times, when I was broke and the battery was too old to hold a charge. This is how I did it:
    * Put the bike on the center stand.
    * If the engine is cold, pull the choke
    * Standing up, put one foot on the lever and press it a bit, to take the slack
    * Jump high enough to straighten the leg that if on the lever, and fall on the lever with the straight leg
    * During the fall/kick start, remember to slightly lean over the bike, so that it doesn't fall on its side.
    * Also, remember to have one hand on the throttle.
    * After a few tries, the bike usually starts. Turn the throttle immediately.

    Disclaimer: I eventually broke the lever using this procedure :( YMMV

  12. Paulo

    Thanks for the advice - I have almost sprained my ankle doing this gymnastic activity



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