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Engine was running before I got it, bike taken apart by previous owner to do stuff, then I got it and built it from a frame and engine into a complete bike again.

Engine is supposed to be good to go, just hasn't run in a while, let's say more than six months and less than a year. I just got done with wiring and am about to fill with oil and fuel.

Is there anything special I need to do before cranking? Pretend I'm stupid and don't leave out any detail you think I should already know but probably don't.

Thanks!!:D
 

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If it had oil in it, have a pan under it to catch what has sumped. Wouldent hurt to squert a little tranny fluid in the spark plug holes. Spin it over to get the oil flowing before ya fire it, etc...
 

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If it had oil in it, have a pan under it to catch what has sumped. Wouldent hurt to squert a little tranny fluid in the spark plug holes. Spin it over to get the oil flowing before ya fire it, etc...
Got it. Most oil was out, just what remained after draining.
 

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If the motor was not built...Should not be a reason for doing a break-in..

May see a need to clean out the fuel system if it sat long with gas in it...
Motor was built a while ago and run in after that. No fuel system when I got it. Now it has new tank, lines, and carb.
 

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If it had oil in it, have a pan under it to catch what has sumped. Wouldent hurt to squert a little tranny fluid in the spark plug holes. Spin it over to get the oil flowing before ya fire it, etc...
This is good advice! Mine pukes a bunch if its set for more than a couple months!
 

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I pull the plugs and crank it over a bit to get the oil flowing through the engine. Dunno if you need to or not but I always figured it couldn't hurt.
 

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Two brand new petcocks shit the bed. That kept me from firing it up. But oil goes to and from the engine as it should. And all lighting works properly. So I've got that going for me.

Thanks for the help!
 

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Of course, make sure the primary is full of oil, the chain is adjusted, tire pressures, and as with any generator bike that has sat for a while, flash the generator with 12 voltes at the A terminal of the gennie. Clutch adjustment is important too. I would also make sure the pushrods are correctly adjusted, just in case they were just installed and not adjusted. Check points gap, or replace with new condenser and correctly gapped sparkies. If it is a kicker, pull the plugs and make sure the kicker will kick fully and no slips. Then put plugs back in and check again. Nobody likes "Sportster Knee", and mostly when you have a new kick bike to ride.
 
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