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    Question: 70's Kickstart Transmissions

    Did the 4 Speed Kickstart external shaft have a straight shaft lever, and the 5 Speed Kickstart have an offset shaft lever ? I can't remember.

    I think I recall there were a few kickstart 5 Speeds made in a transition year.
    There were Gasp and (Guffaws ?) at the delima of having only an electric starter back then.


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    Did the 4 Speed Kickstart shaft have a straight shaft lever, and the 5 Speed Kickstart have an
    offset shaft lever ? I can't remember.

    I think I recall there were a few kickstart 5 Speeds made in a transition year.
    There were Gasp and (Guffaws ?) at the delima of having only an electric starter back then.


    Charlie
    I assume you're talking about the kickstart pedal. I had a /5 and still have my R90s with a kicker. I know they're different. The /6 (R90s) is curved a bit and the /5 was straight I believe. Between the two tranny's, the 4 speed is much more robust in terms of kickstarting. The /6 system isn't up to repeated kickstarting as the shaft internal to the trans will bend over time.

    It's not an issue because in nearly 40 years and 140k miles, I've had to actually use the kicker on the S, maybe six times.

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    Yes, external.
    Will edit post to clarify.

    Thanks
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    Yes, curved kickstart lever.

    Found this 5 speed transmission on a '71 pulled out of the woods.

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    What was the last year that the '70's bikes had a Kickstarter ?

    Charlie

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    Looks like a 4-speed /5 tranny with a '74 /6 kickstart lever. But then again I suffer from Oldtimers syndrome and I may be totally confused.

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    That's a 4-speed, and all of those had kickers. Kick was used on various models throughout nearly all of Airhead production: sometimes as an option, sometimes for a specific market, sometimes on a specific model.
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