Originally Posted by def
On many older kick start motorcycles, the clutch must be engaged for the kick starter to rotate the engine.
Honda CB250T/400T models from about 1978 to 1980 had a kick starter which was after the clutch, on the input side of the gearbox.
If the clutch was disengaged and the bike was in neutral, the kick start lever had virtually no resistance and did not turn the motor over.
If the clutch was disengaged and the bike was in gear, the kick start lever turned the rear wheel; faster in higher gears!