So I was working and I had just replaced the
kick start mechanism in a left-hand kick, 1987 Husqvarna CR430 2-stroke
motocross bike. Big-bore bikes are not foreign to me, my dirt bike growing
up was a 1981 YZ465 Yamaha. Being 5'7" and 140 lbs, pretty much EVERY
bike is too tall for me. This Husky of course being overhead, and also
having the left-hand kick start, proved to be a challenge. I thought to
myself, "Well, my 1977 Husky CR250 is left-hand kick, and it's easy
to start using my left or even right leg off the side"....
STUPID. I get on the bike, (using a crate to balance on of course) and
attempt to kick it with my left leg. No start. So I stand next to the
bike, get on the kicker with my right foot, (like a total idiot) and give
it a good kick and follow-through (so I thought). The engine kicks back
from pre-ignition and the pedal jams like a jackhammer into my foot. Along
with the backfire bang the engine made, there was an unusually loud CRACK
like a tree branch breaking. I look up at my girlfriend and as my foot
starts to burn she says, "what was that loud noise?" While still
holding the bike and standing on one foot I look down and shake my leg.
Seeing my foot loosely swing back and forth seemingly unattached, I said
"go get your car, I just broke my ankle". I Leaned the bike
against a wall, crawled into the car, and off to the hospital we went.
I found out the hard way that the stories about kick starters my Dad and
his riding buddies used to scare us with were true!