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2009 290 - Ways Of Making Kicking It Up Easier...

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Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone can suggest ways to ease the kicking up of a 2009 290? My brother has a bad hip which is aggravated by kicking up the bike. The engine and compression is very tight and the short kick start doesn't help. He's thinking of selling up so I'm trying to find a way to keep him in the trials world!

My obvious thoughts are head spacers to lower the compression, so what's the recommended methods to lower the compression on the 290?

Also, anyone tried a different (longer) kick-start lever, maybe from a gasser?

All suggestions welcome - don't want my Brother to walk away from trials after all these years!

Cheers,

Wayne.

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I hear that the start kick lever on the 2013 bikes have been made longer to improve kicking. I know the 2013 kicker will fit the 2012 but not sure about other years. Check with the nearest dealer.

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I got sent a 2013 lever for my Jarvis, it doesn't fit into the pipe the same as the original but does make starting easier, as a bonus it cost less than the earlier type as well

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Swap it for a bike with the kicker on the RIGHT side. :hyper:

Seriously , you could try a thicker cylinder base gasket or even two, that's what I did to my 350 gasser it just takes the edge off the kick, you still have to commit to it or it will kick you back.

I never noticed any loss in power.

TLTEL

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