Two stroke Thursday

The other day I came across a Yamaha RD350 like this (bonus Toyota Avensis in the background. Favourite taxi here for many years)

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Approaching it with purpose was an older gentleman, because people tend to collect the things they remember from their youth and this is an 80s bike.

The RD has a kick start, because electricity was for wimps in the 80s, so he started it using the lever. Except that he didn’t kick it. He sat on the bike and used his hand to push the lever instead. It took seemingly very little effort and even more impressively for a stroker it started on the second or third push and proceeded to tick over smoothly without a plume of smoke.


Don’t recall hand starting a bike (dodgy knee or hip I suppose) before but there you go,

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