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Online KiwiGF

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Re: Now harder to kick start
« Reply #15 on: 01.07. 2018 11:05 »
If it’s not kicking back, I don’t see how ignition timing can make the engine harder to turn over.

I agree, and mine almost NEVER kicks back, and has auto advance (via BTH mag tho), and flat tops.

An A10 with the original domed inwards pistons (6.5:1?) I once kicked was SO easy to kick over compared to my bike I thought it must be low on comp but apparently it was on original bore and didn’t burn oil. It almost felt like it had no compression at all.
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Re: Now harder to kick start
« Reply #16 on: 01.07. 2018 11:32 »
Its much easier kicking a bike over if the kickstarter is set a bit lower, say about 10 o,clock. Saves the knee joint strain too.

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Re: Now harder to kick start
« Reply #17 on: 01.07. 2018 14:55 »
Sounds like your new rings have bedded in properly.
Yes, but six years ago I put new rings on these pistons and the bike started easier, as you can see in this video, taken soon after the rebuild: https://youtu.be/GL0wT8kriTA
Six years ago you where six years younger GB!

I do find that since the SA had a rebore with new pistons (flat tops, same as the ones that came out) and new rings there is noticeably more compression than before
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Re: Now harder to kick start
« Reply #18 on: 01.07. 2018 19:15 »
Six years ago you where six years younger GB!
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I do find that since the SA had a rebore with new pistons (flat tops, same as the ones that came out) and new rings there is noticeably more compression than before
I'd better learn to kick-start then!

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Re: Now harder to kick start
« Reply #19 on: 01.07. 2018 19:18 »
Its much easier kicking a bike over if the kickstarter is set a bit lower, say about 10 o,clock. Saves the knee joint strain too.
Yes, I've been using the clutch to get get the kick starter half way down before I give it the boot.

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Re: Now harder to kick start
« Reply #20 on: 28.07. 2018 20:38 »
Today I retimed the engine to 11/32" BTDC, as per the book I have not ridden it since then.