I am buying a Gold Star next week. A few things seem to need some attention. One is the kick starter. It leans forward a the angle that is normal so that it doesn't get in the way of your leg. It is awkward to operate because it engages when the lever is sticking straight up at about 90 degrees. It seems to me it should engage later probably when it is leaning back at least 30 degrees. Also the lever will hit the stop when you try to follow through with the swing. Is this normally the way they are set up, or is it wrong? I don't think it should be too difficult to get it working the way I think it should be.
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Tricatcent, welcome aboard and congratulations on your purchase of a Goldie. You will find the Gold Star guys on this forum to be very friendly, generous and helpful.
There are two different kickstart quadrants available for your gearbox. One is in the normal quadrant which positions the kick start lever in a more rear facing (11 o'clock) position for use with standard footpegs and the gearbox shifter facing forward. The second quadrant is used for rearset footpegs and puts the kick start lever in the 1 o'clock position and the gearchange lever is usually reversed to face backwards typically found on Clubman trimmed bikes.
Part numbers: 42-3160 standard kickstart quadrant 42-3163 clubman kickstart quadrant
Another possibility is you have a splined version of the kick start quadrant and the previous owner moved it forward. You will need to remove the outer gearbox cover to see if it is splined. If so, you can press it out and rotate the lever to your favored position.
If you have the non-splined version of the kickstart quadrant and it is the clubman type I would like to buy it or trade you for a normal quadrant.
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The description sounds like it is a standard A10/B33 quadrant and shaft, with the quadrant position moved forward one spline/tooth on the shaft, i.e. 60 degrees. This keeps the kickstart clear of your knee when you have rearset footrests, but it is too far forward to allow a good swinging kick to start the bike. The correct Clubmans quadrant is angled less than 60 degrees forward in comparison to the A10/B33 kickstart.
Thanks for the tips. I am pretty sure that what I must have is what Lew said. The gearbox does seem to have the close ratio gears, but the case is not an RRT2, probably the kick stater quadrant is the wrong one. Hopefully it can be modified to work right.
I have a STD. gearbox and have modified the kickstart shaft to allow the kickstart lever to be at more of a 1 o'clock pos..I welded the cotter pin groove and recut it in a different position,I have also modified the stop pin, making it eccentric so that I can turn it and adjust the kickstart lever position, I have it in more of a 12 o'clock position the quadrant is engaged with the ratchet by one tooth.The kickstart lever does not have the downward travel that a my Triumph and Norton have,the kickstar lever hits the stop at a point just below the 9 o'clock position. I am assuming that this is correct as no allowance is made to adjust the length of travel. Sorry to be so long winded. James.