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Default Electric start, but battery is down, ok to kick?

Ok, here it is.

After 3 months of working on my 77 XLCH, it is ready to go except for the battery.

My question is, I have a Crane HI-4 dual fire ignition that has a switch that you can put to electric start or kick.

If I am going to kick start the bike, is it better to roll it to Kick on the HI-4 or does it really make a difference?

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I personally don't run my bike with a low battery. It's hard on the charging system. Your battery could have a bad cell and your generator will run wild trying to charge it. I would charge the battery and make sure it holds a good charge.
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Ok, here it is.

After 3 months of working on my 77 XLCH, it is ready to go except for the battery.

My question is, I have a Crane HI-4 dual fire ignition that has a switch that you can put to electric start or kick.

If I am going to kick start the bike, is it better to roll it to Kick on the HI-4 or does it really make a difference?

Thanks in advance.
electric XLCH? i would have it set to kick when kickin, i think it has something to do with the timing and preventing kickback, or it lets it spark on the first revolution, something like that.
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electric XLCH? i would have it set to kick when kickin, i think it has something to do with the timing and preventing kickback, or it lets it spark on the first revolution, something like that.
You`re right, but I would still charge up the battery as the ignition still needs a good spark to fire...unless you just want to kick it for a while
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On the kick setting it fires on the first revolution. Otherwise it waits until the 3rd or 4th [whatever?] which is easier on the starter motor.
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I'm not sure about electric ignition but a points setup and generator will kick start with a dead battery.

fehd, mines an electric "CH", the p/o installed the starter motor before I bought it. probably the same with gemeinschaft's
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Depends on how low your battery is: most electronic ignitions won't work at voltages lower than 11 or so. That's the nice thing about points, you don't need much voltage to get her running.

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I'm not sure about electric ignition but a points setup and generator will kick start with a dead battery.

fehd, mines an electric "CH", the p/o installed the starter motor before I bought it. probably the same with gemeinschaft's
yea, after i typed it i thought bout that, but after one of these, i forgot to edit it.
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