You guys got any hot tips for kick start bikes. Plugs, carbs, gaps, etc...
tom said:cold or hot start troubles? did it just start giving you problems, did you change something recently? dont tell me you washed it?!!
outside of that, the usual...ignition off, a few prime kicks, a couple squirts of fuel, ignition on...and kick!
it seems like every bike has a different starting routine...it just may take some time and patients to find yours.
How long did you try to find THIS routine...?PONY said:The cold routine is - Gas on, key off, throttle closed, full choke, three kicks, push the choke in just a little, three more kicks, leave the throttle alone, retard the distributor, key on, and it usually starts in one to three kicks. Choke 3/4 off, distributor advanced, let it warm up for a little bit, choke all the way off. Good to go..
PS.. If your carb and timing arent setup correctly, no method in the world will make it start.rockymtnpits said:Every bike will act differently and require a different sequence to start. This is for a cold motor with S&S E carb and magneto ignition.. (thats how I run everything I build). My experience is with 74 up to 103" big twins, as well as 45" Flatties.
On Shovels (and STD Panheads) I have found the start routine to be the same:
1) Ignition off, enrichener up (S&S E carb), two twists of the throttle, two kicks to prime.
2) Ignition on, enrichener just barely open. Kick like you mean it..
For real Panheads:
1) Ignition on, enrichener up (S&S E), two twists of the throttle, kick like you mean it.
1) Just kick it, it wont bite!
This was/is the case w/ my Pan. Don't be afraid to seek out an old timer...preferably someone who works solely on old bikes for a living. If you aren't getting it w/ the normal routine, something is wrong.rockymtnpits said:PS.. If your carb and timing arent setup correctly, no method in the world will make it start.
Funny story. When I went to look at my 45 before buying it, I asked the guy to crank it up. He opened up the fuel & then started pumping it like an early VL or something with a pump primer. Then he put the choke full on, turned on the ignition, & proceeded to kick until fuel was running out of the carb. After a good 5-7 minutes of kicking, it sputtered into life.leadsled said:You guys got any hot tips for kick start bikes. Plugs, carbs, gaps, etc...