I'd not considered the problems you've faced with the leg Steve, sorry, but I follow your thinking now. If kicking starting becomes a problem you could always weld a go cart starter nut to the jack shaft and carry a portable drill with you to spin the whole affair & 3D has a clutch "lock" lever available as well...just a thought. I also see where the 3-D is on sale this week only for $100. even.... add $25. extra for the cable and lever kit. Rick C.