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Post Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:45 pm

Posts: 43
Location: Copenhagen
Hello guys

A good friend off mine is at the hospital with a broken leg ( from kicking his Pan )
and asked me if I knew of any good ways of putting a electric strarter on his 49´
I know that I´ve seen it before, but can anyone tell me where ?
I guess what hes after is a complete kit - more or less

Hope you guys can help me out here before he does something stupid as buying a Fatbuy :wink:

Allan , Killerbobbers ; Copenhagen
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Post Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:36 pm

Posts: 2677
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Hope you guys can help me out here before he does something stupid as buying a Fatbuy

Perhaps you could have his Panhead tuned properly so it will start easy. :D

Post Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:38 pm

Posts: 3010
Location: Central Illinois, USA
It wasn't the Pan's fault.

Molesting it with an electric foot is adding insult to injury.


Post Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:05 pm

Posts: 1536
Location: S.Calif.

I looked in the '07 V-Twin catalog for you. Those kick to electric conversion kits are no longer offered. But, I saw them once in there years ago.
Remind your friend that the Knuckle and Pan motors were designed with a shorter stroke than Sportster or Shovel. The Knuck and Pan motors are the only ones made to start while you are sitting astride the machine, never hanging off the side. I know it looks "biker" and all that, but it's bad for the kick cover bushing to be jumping up and down on it, plus when people see someone repeatly kicking a machine to death with no positive results, they like to yell out "Hardly Ableson" and that's never good..
He should probably consider rebuilding his motor to 74" and enjoy the non-effort of starting the motorcycle like the founders intended. Or, buy a Shovel or iron-head Sportster. They're both really good at separating your knee-cap. You might even get a permanent limp, if you work at it. I can't think of a better machine to get hurt starting, than a '71 XLCH (worked for me :!:), or the BSA B-33, 500, single. Or, missing a kick-through on something big inch will do the trick too. :idea:

Post Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:09 am

Posts: 3010
Location: Central Illinois, USA
The machine doesn't care where you stand when you kick it.


Post Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:23 am
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Posts: 5547
Location: Ohio USA

The conversion over to electric start isn't irreversable. No real harm done. Just don't toss the original parts away after fitting one up to it. :wink: Pa

Post Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:28 am

Posts: 79
Location: No. Andover, Mass. USA
You guys are brutal. Is this maybe what you were looking for?

Nice looking stuff but pricey. I can't testify as to its performance.


FYI, I have one of those no compression 61" knuckles that I've been hurt on because it offers no resistance. Kinda like taking that last step at the top of the stairs that's not there.

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