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Thinking about about older motorcycle.Must have kick start.
Here's my thoughts on stuff I think I would like:Benelli look like trouble
An early Honda 500/550 4, kick starter, good brakes, handle well, bullet proof..... Beat mine mercilessly for 90K miles and sold it running well
Thinking about about older motorcycle.Must be easy to maintain and not need engine rebuilds every few thousand miles.Spares must not be unobtainable.Must not be so valuable that I'd be inclined not to use it. (under $5000)Must not be a money pit.Must not produce clouds of black smoke.Prefer not to leave puddles of oil where ever parked.Prefer not water cooledMust give reasonable gas mileage.Must be usable on freeway.Must be OK for 200 mile rides with luggage, suitable for touring UK.Must have kick start.Must not have scary handling or nonexistent breaks.What should I put on my short list?
When bikes went to electric start, the makers kept on putting kickstarters on them for the same reason that early automobile makers continued to put buggy-whip sockets on the cars. It was not for any practical purpose, but to make people feel better because they'd always had one.After a few years (not many, maybe 3 or 4), the manufacturers deleted the kickstarters because they realized that if a bike is so hosed that it won't start on the electric starter, it's not going to start on the kickstarter either.
Thanks for comments, I thought a Nuovo Falcolne would be able to hold 70 mph better than a 350 enfield or a modern 125 and be a pleasure on A-roads.I'd like to get to understand what these bikes are like.I would think when new Honda CB77 305 would have been a fine bike but would wonder how much of the original power would be left after so many years where something like a Nuovo Falcolne single cylinder low reving should be possible to keep running almost like new?
Once electric start became common, bike manufacturers deleted kickstarters because they thought it made the bike look "unreliable" - if the electric starter works, why would you have a kickstarter?So in the interest of making the bike LOOK more reliable, they made it in fact less reliable.
What should I put on my short list?
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