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Before I replaced my stator, with a new gel battery Id cruise for the day and charged it when I got home.

When I was out for a few hours, later in the day, Id park it where I could find a short downhill. Let it coast 30 feet in 2nd gear, let the clutch out; vroom and go!
did you turn off the headlights when doing that?

I pulled the fuses for all of the lights when I had that problem.

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Until you get the starter fixed, just park on a hill.

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The neighbor down the way already had to do this.
Driver mount, use second gear, someone push.

How do I know? I was the pusher.


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Push start in second gear always worked the best for me. 1st gear would slide too easy if any crap on the road.
I have long legs so i could sit on the seat and paddle away for a little while and way easier if downhill.

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Reminds me of a little push-start mishap I had in my foolish teenage years. I had a little moped which I push-started frequently. A friend had a BIG Honda 305 Superhawk and I persuaded him to let me ride it. Starter was out and I had to push-start - no problem I thought. I started a galloping run across a parking lot, popped the clutch and goosed the throttle - just like I did with my little moped. Unlike my moped, however, Superhawk came alive and yanked me along until I hit the bumper of a parked car. Fortunately I only injured my pride, skinned a knee, and destroyed the front fender on the bike, which I had to replace, of course. I've been very wary of push-starting anything since!

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his last logon date was 8/15

which is the date of post #11, don't mean he read all the posts to that point, ??

I emailed him to ask to come back

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Living in PA, there's a hill - big or small - close by so bump starting is almost always good to go. Many moons ago, I was selling my 1100 (in NJ, not PA) and the battery went dead just when a guy come by to check it out. He proceeded to push the bike from a dead stop while standing next to it then hopped on, put it in gear and compression started it. Being an average 5'9", it was impressive at the time.
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