Fix for Dodgy Kickstart
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Hooked
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Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:14 am quote
My VBB scooter rebuild is complete and it seems to be running pretty well except for the kickstart. Itís a bit sloppy and uneven and does not return well after kicking it.

It seemed okay when I put the cases together, so Iím wondering if this could be clutch related? Even in neutral? At least Iíve heard in the past this can be an issue.

I didnít rebuild the clutch since Iíd done that before and it had low miles on it but it did sit dry on the bench for three months. Pulling the clutch is a lot easier than resplitting the cases.
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Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:11 am quote
Not on a VBB, but when my P2 Kickstarter lever wasnít returning by itself, it was because I had a bent kickstart quadrant. I had to disassemble the case and install a new one.
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Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:39 am quote
whodatschrome wrote:
Not on a VBB, but when my P2 Kickstarter lever wasnít returning by itself, it was because I had a bent kickstart quadrant. I had to disassemble the case and install a new one.
Yep seen this before. I would loosen the case nuts and the kickstart spring would work like it should. Tighten it up and it wouldnít return fully.

Unless thats not your problem and the kickstart lever works like it should. If thats the case I would look at your clutch plates/ springs and make sure everything is tight and holding.
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