Originally Posted by TomW
(Backfire nearly took my foot off the other day.)
I've heard stories of broken legs or people flying over the bars (no idea if they're true but...)
I have one tiny suggestion when kick-starting the beast:
open the throttle. It'll rip your leg out of your butt.
Give it a little bit of choke if it's cold and forget the throttle completely. When warm, do nothing but give it a decent kick. It'll never kick you back this way :)
Opening the throttle is like giving it the permission to slap you