Pointers for Kick Starting a New 1997 S&S 100ci

Discussion in 'Custom Models' started by barryhancock, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. barryhancock

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    Bike was built and parked. Has 22 miles on it. More Pics at

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    If anyone has pointers or suggestions... please share. Might have her ready to start next week. 100ci with drag pipes sounded amazing the last time she was started 2 years ago. Thanks Guys Barry

    Pics did not attach and Flickr link wont work. Search flickr for barry42211@yahoo.com for more "before" pics.
     
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  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    Looks good to me ... Did know which pics ya wanted to post so i just pick a couple cool ones

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  3. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    Back in the day (I love saying that) I would push the kick starter down slowly till I got resistance then jump up with the free leg and push all my body weight onto the kick starter while opening the throttle a bit. A small prayer at this time will not hurt. It helps if you have a couple of friends around to offer encouragement and to take turns kicking when you run out of strength. Good Luck!
     
  5. SledDog

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    Bike on jiffy stand, WITH THE INGNITION OFF, gas on, using left leg, push kicker thru slowly one or 2 times. This primes the motor.

    You want to have the kicker at the top of it's throw (or just below it and on compression). You'll feel the resistance. Enrichener on, maybe (this will depend on what motor likes) just crack the throttle (maybe, if the motor likes it, or twist it half way then release it before you kick the motor over to get fuel to the carb, it just depends...).

    Push the kick down sharply, using left leg (this puts all your body weight on the pedal) and GET OFF THE PEDAL AT THE END OF THE STROKE! Do not keep your foot on it! If you do, it could break your foot, ankle or throw you over the bike if it kickes back!

    Be sure to take video and post it. I'd love to hear this thing run...

    Also, be sure to clean the carb, change the gas and all fluids. If it has been sitting for 2 years, you need to go thru it before you attempt to start it.
     
  6. Flashback

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    What SledDog said pluss kick all the way through to the rachet. never stop partially through the stroke. Depending on the setup the carb may have a tickler on it to prime the engine.
     
  7. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Absolutely! Forgot about not stopping! I learn that one the hard way on an old Panhead. Just goes to show... I haven't used the kicker on the shovelhead in a while... Looks like I be exercising it the next couple of times I ride it.