00 426 kick starter lock up????

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  • longerirons

Posted March 30, 2010 - 07:42 PM


I just bought the bike, It was not well maintained, but it was not ridden very much. It will start 1st kick...now that I have the infamous tdc ritual down pat, but it will start, and run for a bit ..and then abruptly shuts down. Sounds like a carb problem...right???? My worry if that sometimes , not all the time the kick starter binds up solid...mechanically.., not from the compression. I have to drop it into gear, either in 1st or 2nd it makes no difference , rock it back and forth a bit , and that always unbinds the kick start lever, and then it usually starts up again on first kick. I adjusted the valve clearance and inspected the cylinder and piston, with no wear whatsoever on them.
The oil was dirty, changed it with new filter, i found no shavings of any kind in the used oil.

I just fired it up today, it idled fine, rode it around for a couple of minutes and shut it down.. Sarted it up again, no problems. Started it an hour later, i let it run maybe a min and I noticed the first 2 inches of pipe coming out of the motor was turning orange, ( new to the big thumpers...is this normal)so I shut it down. Just started it an hour ago and it stalled after 10 sec, and locked the kick starter up again.

I need some of the expert advice I ve been reading on this site for the last couple days, some of you guys really know these bikes in and out, give me some ideas please.


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  • grayracer513

Posted March 30, 2010 - 08:10 PM


The header thing is normal.

The first place I'd look for the starter problem is in the gear train behind the clutch.

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