1. Husqvarna Motorcycles Made In Sweden - About 1988 and older

Kick start alternative levers for '83 XC500

Discussion in 'Vintage/Left Kickers' started by Old Geezer, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Old Geezer Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Washington state, central desert country
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1983 XC500, 1985 CR500
    Other Motorcycles:
    1973 Yamaha 360 MX, Harley FatBoy
    This has probably been covered somewhere by somebody, but I thought I would ask anyway (being superbly lazy lately).

    I absolutely hate the dogbone kicker on my '83XC500, but it obviously needed to be designed the way it is to clear the rear shock on the down stroke. I tried swapping out my brother's kick lever from his '85CR500 but no dice....it won't clear the rear shock.

    I want a straight kicker to get better leverage, but don't know what years or models of Husky's will interchange without smacking the rear shock. Any input would be appreciated!
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  2. 86 400 XC Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Calgary
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    75 360CR,82 500CR 86 400XC, 87 250WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    ONLY HVA all the way
    I have this style from a 4t mid 90s Husky, no issues.
    83/84 430

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  3. 86 400 XC Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Calgary
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    75 360CR,82 500CR 86 400XC, 87 250WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    ONLY HVA all the way
    Not even close to the shock. IMG_7006.JPG
  4. everfree Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    SE Portland, Oregon
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    '12 TE310 (ECU fix)
    Other Motorcycles:
    87 430wr, 88 430wr, 14 CR144

    Old Geezer,
    Just get rid of that nasty kickstarter.
    Here's what you need to install. Just pull, no worries!

    Dave

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  5. justintendo Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mercer, pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    83 500xc,85 400wr,88 250xc,95 360wxc
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    the kicker on those years is pretty horrendous...we used to call them "the bullhorn"
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  6. Old Geezer Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Washington state, central desert country
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1983 XC500, 1985 CR500
    Other Motorcycles:
    1973 Yamaha 360 MX, Harley FatBoy
    Ok Dave, but this is a Husky dirtbike, not a freakin' chain saw. Plus, don't forget, I'm an old geezer and don't have the arm strength I used to have to reaf that pull-start unit. Imagine trying to turn a huge single-lunger 500CC with mondo compression. The rope would break before my arm did.

    As for Mr. 86 400 XC's recommendation....First, is that what they called you in school ("86 400 XC, come to the front of the class and tell us what your true God given name is") - is the frame/shock geometry the same for the 430 and 500 '83 models? If so, I may need to keep an eye open for a 4t mid-90's kicker. Plus, that kicker looks very similar to the 500CR I tried but NOT HAPPENING. Excuse me for being mentally challenged, but what's a 4T so I know what to look for? Thanks in advance everyone....
  7. everfree Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    SE Portland, Oregon
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    '12 TE310 (ECU fix)
    Other Motorcycles:
    87 430wr, 88 430wr, 14 CR144

    Just kidding, OG. I once saw a picture of a Husky with a rope pull starter. Maybe Rokon or another vintage bike had one also.
  8. 86 400 XC Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Calgary
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    75 360CR,82 500CR 86 400XC, 87 250WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    ONLY HVA all the way
    Mr old guy ;) the Name is Steve. Sorry forget to put that in a post sometimes.

    430 or 500 are the same fitment in 82,83 and 84.

    4T lingo is for 4 stroke.

    The few kickers i have seen are first off different by the way the bolt looks and placement that holds the 2 parts together.
    I may be wrong but 84, 85 and early 86 have a Allen bolt on the top and it switched in late 86, 87 to have a side fastener.
    That style got reused into the 90s on 4 stroke models also.


    Steve
  9. hva-factory CH Sponsor

    Location:
    uk
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    Husqvarna 510TE , 300WR Etc...
  10. Old Geezer Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Washington state, central desert country
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1983 XC500, 1985 CR500
    Other Motorcycles:
    1973 Yamaha 360 MX, Harley FatBoy
  11. hva-factory CH Sponsor

    Location:
    uk
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    Husqvarna 510TE , 300WR Etc...
    I guess they just used a design from the older stuff...

    Andy
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  12. hawaiidirtrider Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Oahu , Hawaii
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1982 430 cr
    Other Motorcycles:
    01' cr 250 honda, 01 300ec, Beta 525
    Thanks for the info!.. I should have got a newer kicker. I ordered the old one.. cheap and used at least. I might get a newer one now.
  13. jo360 Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    perth australia
    i fitted a left kick husaberg unit, had to cut off the swivel and weld onto the husqvarna mount but is way longer, clears the shocks and is held in place with the rubber stopper pushing the tip behind the exhaust chamber, i was extremely lucky when i welded the swivel on that everything fitted correctly, looks alot like the one in the picture above.