One of the biggest drawbacks (to me anyway) on my 'L' is the lack of a kickstarter. I've never had it not start and I haven't particularly read that the starting systems are a problem on them, but it's still something I worry about. Over beers the other night with some friends I'm going to be taking a trip with (and who all have kickstarts on their bikes) we were trying to come up with alternate ways to get an L started up if for some reason the battery got tired or starter failed. Of course, if conditions are right (hard surface, not too steep, and enough room) I can push start it. What else? If you backed a running bike up so the rear tires were touching, using the knobbies as rudimentary gear teeth, do you think you could get the L rear tire spinning in gear then let the clutch out to get the motor turning over to start? I need to test this one. If you had someone holding the bike and attached a tie down to the rear rim and wrapped the tie down around the circumference of the tire, could you effectively spin it over (like a crude rope starter)? Again, I need to test this out. Other ideas? Also, I was wondering if it wouldn't start and I thought the battery was good and the starter was fine, so something was maybe wrong with the button or the solenoid or wiring someplace could I take a pair of jumper cables and hook the battery directly to the starter to get it turning over, basically bypassing all the switches and wiring? I'd want some input on this one before I test it. Thanks!!!