Has any one ever seen starter rollers ,you know the type you sit the bike on to start it up, for sale seccond hand any where, I could do with one but dont fancy paying nearly £600 for a new one when it would only be used a few times a year. thanks Eric
I do not know exact what you mean. I guess something like this:
On track days you often see bikes started like this:
– the bike is on a paddock stand and then started with the rear end of a scrapped scooter.
– a car or van is parked with one of it’s driven wheels on long rollers. Then the bike is started while standing on the protuding end of the rollers. I guess this is a relatively cheap option
But maybe you mean something different…
Good morning the Eric(k)s!
In fact, I am waiting delivery of my rollers today. I have several bikes that are difficult to ‘wake up’ after a long winter, and have also been battling to fire up the rebuilt Scott, so thought I’d give them a go.
I will keep you posted on how well/if they work.
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Hi Erik that is just what I am looking for, a battery driven one. cheers Eric
Well, the rollers arrived yesterday, and seem very well made, apart from the lousy, counter-intuitive wiring instructions. Anyway, I have a rebuilt and very sleepy Scott that wouldn’t start despite exhausting efforts-what better to try out the rollers!
Popped the back wheel on, in gear, pulled in the clutch and pressed the footswitch, it started in about three seconds!
Very good things indeed. If you’re stuck for a present I would recommend some. Bought in the UK, the company advertise in most of the mags, though not Yowl. I shall be suggesting that they might like to, however.
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When I bought my Scotts I thought I may have problems with starting. As with the unregistered TT Replica there was a letter with it from the restorer saying that they could only start it with a push and had not been able to start it with the kick start. Therfore before tackling any of the three Scotts I purchased I decided to make myself a set of starting rollers as they would come in usefull anyway for starting some of my other bikes. I used a starter motor that was lying about from a 1972 BMW 2002 and the rest of the parts were just scrap metal that I either had or scrounged as scrap metal. I bought some bearings of ebay for a couple of quid. The most expensive bit was the battery. The starting rollers seem to work fine. If I made them again I would put 2 starter motors on as it is a bit of a struggle to start large engine bikes. I found that with the first Scott I tried that had not been started for over 10 years it did not start on the rollers, but tried to start. I then kicked the kick start and it started first kick.
Being over 60 and having a dodgy neck and back I have found the rollers a god send.
If anybody would like photos and details you can email me at mikemacartney@btconnect(dot)com.