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Old 05-26-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Question Bump Staring the Big Twin

So I'm sure most of us have seen this video...



As entertaining as this is, I'm curious as to how you guys bump start in emergency situations (sans buddy with another bike). My F650 would bump at pretty low speeds in 1st or 2nd (I even did it in snow one time! haha). I haven't had to bump the 990 yet, but I've tried coming down the small hill outside my apartment a few times on my way to work. Gotten up to a good 10-15, stand, pop into 1st, drop clutch, and drop my butt hard...and can't even get the motor to turn, the wheel just skids . Is there some secret to turning it over, or do I just need to be going faster. I'd say my timing is pretty good, I'm just wondering what I'm going to have to do when I kill the battery out on a flat fire road
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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Do it in 2nd or 3rd
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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Yep, 2nd gear.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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3rd gear, steep hill and alot of faith. Hate when the big twin plays that trick...
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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2nd gear, small slope, maybe 10 miles an hour. Did it yesterday, worked fine, :)
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #6
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that work for me only in 3rd !!
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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Use the starter button when bump starting with a low battery. It makes a difference.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:53 PM   #8
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Yo Brents that is a good trick I've not done that in 20 yr's.
To bad I live at the bottom of the hill.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:51 PM   #9
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Use the starter button when bump starting with a low battery. It makes a difference.
Da ! (Yes, in Russian.)

Yep . . . I found, when my Shorai went Kaput in Uzbekistan two methods that never failed:
  1. Engage large fractions of a small village (Urus Krishlak) in pushing you and your bike and then, plop down on the saddle at clutch release.
  2. At any of the numerous UZ internal checkpoints, gesture toward the starter button saying "nyet harosho" (no good) and watch the local police state constabulatory direct local peasants to push ! Dictatorship isn't all bad.
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