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almost hate to say it, but goin from 20* list/lean to 10 made the diff
starts as it was on the lift/vertical
3 dead kicks n one w/key on

and yes, ive seen the dd weld thing on tab
less lean might help there
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^^^ this is interesting to me.when i welded the the kick stand tab to the foot peg stud i wasn't able to straighten the tab with the motor in the frame.i tried with heat and hitting down on the tab but no room to really swing the hammer.but i knew it needed to be welded fast because it was close to making contact with my primary case.the fact that you found it easier to start more vertical i think points to an issue possibly?my motor similar to yours starts cold with 3 prime kicks.when i leave work after sitting out in the summer sun,1 prime kick starts on the next.my frame the way it sits now has extreme kick stand lean yet starts like yours close to vertical?? p.s. this is with magneto ignition.no battery power.
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the fact that you found it easier to start more vertical i think points to an issue possibly?.
Not at all.

This isn’t about the bike.

It’s about the owner’s confidence putting a boot in it.

A more vertical bike works better with the biomechanics of kicking. In my experience it is the difference between success and frustration for new stroker owners. I’ve taught a few guys how to kick their new to them old hot rods and they all express the same thing as rocket Norton about the difference from lean angles. A simple chunk of 2x4 can turn a guy’s frown upside down.

More experienced guys can work around stuff that will stop newer owners in their tracks.

As for the kicker tab, Rocket Norton’s bike came from the factory with the tab welded to the peg. HD started doing that in ‘67.
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^^^ this is interesting to me.when i welded the the kick stand tab to the foot peg stud i wasn't able to straighten the tab with the motor in the frame.i tried with heat and hitting down on the tab but no room to really swing the hammer.but i knew it needed to be welded fast because it was close to making contact with my primary case.the fact that you found it easier to start more vertical i think points to an issue possibly?my motor similar to yours starts cold with 3 prime kicks.when i leave work after sitting out in the summer sun,1 prime kick starts on the next.my frame the way it sits now has extreme kick stand lean yet starts like yours close to vertical?? p.s. this is with magneto ignition.no battery power.
the 3 dead kick thing is cold, as per the s&s sheet
warm is usually one, maybe 2, key on, no prime

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