Funny you should mention that!
Me too man! Ever try and push start a 600 pound motorcycle? That sucks.
In 1966 when I was 16 I had a 1952 HD full dress glide (and a Honda 150). Man I mean that Glide had EVERYTHING that was available at that time. Windshield, front and rear rool bars, Big yellow fog/spot lights, leather bags, huge seat mounted on bicycle springs, 5 inch diameter megaphone exhaust, bicycle pedal kick start, spark arrest, chrome everywhere. Talk about your HEAVY battle cruiser! It was probably 900+/- lbs.
Well, I was having trouble starting it (because of my abuse of the MC). So I push it down the driveway (a moderate hill) and pop it in first gear. Wheel locks up, black skid mark on drive for a couple feet. NO way I could push it back up the drive.
Not one to be easily discouraged, I push it out into the middle of the street where I can try to run with it to get up to speed jump on it, kick it into second this time and hopefully fire it up! Don't know how much it weighed exactly, but it was a heavy MF!
Did not fire for several such attempts! Then finally nearing exhaustion, I tried once more, with a good Looong run, spark advance on full. BOOM! fires up with throttle stuck wide open, megaphones roaring, MC accelerating. Threw me backwards, laying me out flat on my back at full throttle. My feet caught on the front roll bars. So here I am trying to 1) get my self up and get hold of the handle bars, 2) trying to also balance the quickly accelerating MC moving down a street full of parked cars.
Well, finally after about 10 of the longest seconds of my short life, overcame momentum, pulled myself up, got control of the glide just before I would have crossed into the intersection and crosstraffic!
Of course when my heart stopped pounding and I changed my undies... I thought I was pretty cool
! Was this an early 'stunting' incident???
Actually perhaps so. It was after this that I started doing crazy, stupid... no, make that idiotic BS on my mighty Honda 150 Dream (easier to balance)l!
Ride safe & long,