Easy Start 101 for Novices
Posted August 28, 2001 - 09:31 PM
So far HOT or COLD 90% success rate first kick, max 3 kicks. I use the hot & cold choke as appropriate.
I wont bore you with the whole procedure (which is oft repeated in the forum), but the difference the dealer/rider told me that I dont think I read in this forum is....
Either HOT or COLD just prior to the final KICK,
1) decompress and push the kick lever down JUST past the top of the stroke & hold position
2) Let go of the decompression lever
3) Kick down like hell
Oh yeah, turn the gas OFF when you finish riding.
Posted August 28, 2001 - 10:29 PM
Posted August 28, 2001 - 10:50 PM
a) I'm a novice at kickstart only bikes
my XL600LM had a RED button
my 600 thumper was a bitch to start when the red button failed.... which leads me to a funny story....e-start failed and I spent 20 minutes pushing the ******* thing around trying to find a hill to get a bump start going. I finally gave up, vented my frustration to the sky, kicked the &%"*% bike in the ass and sat down head in hands. When I looked up I just happened to be face to face with the kick start lever. I looked around to see if anyone was laughing, got on, kicked a couple of 10 times and was on my way!!
Anyhow, I guess each bike comes off the line a little different and its not really as simple as ABC to get em going. I guess a combo of good maintenance & set up and a DRILL helps. God help anyone who has a continual problem, I cant imagine anything worse.
I'll let you all know if I have to eat crow in the future !!!
Posted September 19, 2001 - 12:50 AM
Didnt use my bike for about 2 weeks, meanwhile the weather got cold and humid. Had a BITCH of a time starting my bike cold. I had worked up quite a sweat by the time I got underway 15 - 20 kicks. When it was warmed up it was OK to start, even after a stall... first time every time. A couple of days later... also first time from cold.
Is there any trick to an easy start after the bike has been standing for a while?? I turn off the gas after each ride. Anything else I should do if I'm not going to be using the bike for a while ??
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Posted September 19, 2001 - 02:10 AM
Posted September 19, 2001 - 03:02 PM
A clean carb and proper jetting will work wonders. My 14 year old (5'10", 120 #'s) can start my bike first kick also.
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Posted September 19, 2001 - 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Bill:
A clean carb and proper jetting will work wonders.
Bill - you hit the nail on the head with that statement - I think this is more the "key" than whose "proceedure" works better.
Posted September 20, 2001 - 10:13 AM
Warm starts don't seem to bear the same luck for me though, as I think most of my trouble has been here. Its not that I have ever failed to get her lit, its just what method it liked that day, and can I remember exactly how I did it, what order,.... you get the point. Anyway, still a little voodoo magic needed on those days, could still be pilot error though... time will tell.
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