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Offline Panshovl66

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Hot Kicking
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:48:53 AM »
Everyone talks about starting the bike when it's cold but what about when it's warmed up? What's your kicking ritual when the engine is warm? I have an S&S E and when the engine is cold it starts up fine but I'm having problems getting her to fire up when she is warmed up. Do I retard the distributor or leave it alone, enrichener on or off, no gas or sum gas? This is on a 55 pan and any help you can give me will save my knee.

Offline Breeze

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Re: Hot Kicking
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 04:16:07 AM »
From what I have seen through the years, is every kick only bike has it's own starting preference, hot or cold. Some like a squirt of fuel, some don't. The only fairly consistent that I have found is most like one or two slow prime kicks with no ignition, then ign. & a good kick.  The most common problem I've seen is twisting the throttle while booting it. Many don't even realize they are twisting it.  I always try to err on "not getting enough" fuel before chancing  soaking the plugs.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2018, 04:20:45 AM by Breeze »
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Offline moose

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Re: Hot Kicking
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2018, 04:22:31 AM »
when hot I don't retard as much as when cold give it one prime kick then ign on and pray

disclosure   none of this will work if you are in any place that has a crowd     you will have to get them to push you so you could jump start it
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Re: Hot Kicking
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 04:35:18 AM »
when hot I open the choke and open the throttle-retard timing-bring up to compression- turn on ignition and kick. Running a linkert now but when I ran a bendix i easily opened the throttle so the accelerator pump would not squirt fuel.



















Offline Harpo

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Re: Hot Kicking
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2018, 10:27:59 AM »
Hot starts on my '49 - retard spark as usual.  No choke.  Open throttle full.  Be ready to immediately close throttle (and advance spark) when starts.  Starts 1 kick every time.

Offline guppymech

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Re: Hot Kicking
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2018, 10:12:00 PM »
On my Shovel with a Super E I turn the fuel off about 30 seconds to a minute before I know I'm going to turn the engine off to lessen fuel percolating in the float bowl from engine heat.  On restart just barely crack throttle and kick.
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Offline david lee

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Re: Hot Kicking
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2018, 12:36:33 PM »
when hot I don't retard as much as when cold give it one prime kick then ign on and pray

disclosure   none of this will work if you are in any place that has a crowd     you will have to get them to push you so you could jump start it
seen that happen before .a crowd counting every kick.i think it was 9 before push time