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Adding a kick started

Hello ppl
I have a 1983 GS 450 and am wondering if it is possible to add a kick starter to it.
ANy suggestions?
Thanks a bunch in advance.
 

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You can do anything you set your mind to. With a little inovation and a lot of hours you can do it but my question is....... WHY?
 

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c'mon guys!

I was not looking for a philosophical answer guys, the issue is how and with what? Some bikes have the set up ready [for example xs series of yamaha] and all you need is adding the kicker itself. Some other bikes need the cover changed and some minor changes. Issue is how can I add it to a 450? Has anyone any experince in this? As for why? The kickstarter is alot more fun than the button!
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If theres no direct linkage already installed, you're going to have to custom machine the inner workings, some way of connecting the ring gear to the kick starter, a mounting flange, and somewhere to put the whole contraption on the bike.
Not to mention, without severely modifying the head, theres no way to put a compression release valve on it. Meaning when you try to kick it over (being a 450) the kick starter will likely break your foot off your leg.
Kick started bikes are built like that, its not a minor feature to add fun. You've got electric start, i wish i had it.
 

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Adding a kick started

Hello ppl
I have a 1983 GS 450 and am wondering if it is possible to add a kick starter to it.
ANy suggestions?
Thanks a bunch in advance.
Hey I see this was a longgg time ago. Did you ever figure out how to do the kickstart and if so where did you go for it all
 

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Hey I see this was a longgg time ago. Did you ever figure out how to do the kickstart and if so where did you go for it all
Again......why ??
This was a bad idea in 2005 and it still is a bad idea now.
I don't think any of the original participants are here anymore.

If you really HAVE to have a kick starter, buy a bike that was designed with one.
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Again......why ??
This was a bad idea in 2005 and it still is a bad idea now.
I don't think any of the original participants are here anymore.

If you really HAVE to have a kick starter, buy a bike that was designed with one.
;)
I’m building a custom chopper and I got the gs450 for free so I might as well use it. I have always loved kickstarts and figured hey someone may have done it
 

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Find the same/similar model from a few years earlier with a kickstart. That will give you some idea of what is involved. All the kick starters I have seen work through the gear box input side via a ratchet system. So it follows you would have to fit that gear cluster and inner/outer cases along with the ratchet system assuming the cases fit...I would suggest they wont.

The easiest way would be an external kickstart mechanism and maybe boring a hole through the outer cover then adding length to the gearbox input shaft so a drive could be added.

It seems an inordinate amount of work for very little gain. A Bloke in the UK called Allan Millyard heavily modifies engines turning twins into four cylinders etc. he may have done adding a kickstart try YouTube.

good luck
 
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