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Repro kickstart levers #720296
12/28/17 9:02 pm
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I need a kickstart lever for the A10, there was not one on the bike when i bought it, well there was a lever, but off an m20 or c15, certainly not the right one. The only ones i can see on fleabay are the repro ones, made in india i suppose. Are they worth bothering with or are they junk ? Does anyone make a decent quality lever ?

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Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720303
12/28/17 10:15 pm
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There are many around. If I needed to ride the bike, I would but one from India. If it stood up well I would keep it otherwise I would use it while I hunted for an original


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Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720314
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I would rather buy once and buy good. Buying crappy cheap parts is soul destroying. SRM in Wales have kickstarters advertised, so i might contact them and see if they are non-asian made and forged. Also the chrome plate needs to be good.

Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720369
12/29/17 11:55 am
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I bought an A65 lever from them, quality but spendy, " Quality remains long after price has been forgotten".


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Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720401
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Originally Posted by bon
I would rather buy once and buy good. Buying crappy cheap parts is soul destroying. SRM in Wales have kickstarters advertised, so i might contact them and see if they are non-asian made and forged. Also the chrome plate needs to be good.



Excellent quality, I have two ha. The first one I bent... then decided later it wasn’t bent in the best place for comfort (was bent to match period photos) the second one is now bent (in a far better place) and is awaiting rechrome. It took two propane torches to get it soft enough to bend (old fork stanchion works wonders) but neither have gone out of their shape before or since when cold.


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Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720403
12/29/17 7:27 pm
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Original, used ones appear frequently on eBay. Some need re-plating, some not.
If one shows wear (chrome worn) you can bet it's original BSA.
Check prices, and bid on one.

Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720814
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I have bought several kick start levers from various UK based eBay sellers for my B44, A65 and Norton Commando. No doubt these levers were manufactured in India but I dont see any major problem with them/

The only issue I have had was with the cotter pin drilling on the A65 version which meant the lever was angled a few degrees forward from the intended resting location.

Apart from that, all have had good chrome and in use have not bent at all so I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if needed to.

Unfortunately I don't have the eBay seller details available, so if you do purchase one, look for a UK seller with good feedback.


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Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720818
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Yes i might be unduly biased against Indian made stuff, but i did buy some spares years ago which were junk, pure and simple. A single seat for a rigid, which no matter what i done with it, would not stop rusting. Anything precision such as engine or gearbox parts were a joke, no heat treatment, and very imprecisely made. I will pay the bit more and go with a lever off srm or maybe some of the Goldstar parts specialists.

Re: Repro kickstart levers [Re: bon] #720861
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If they are made by EMGO then they are made in Taiwan. Typically pretty good quality


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