Re: Ok, I give up. How do you start these things?!
yeah, these engines don't have enough torque to pull you off the line so you have to "pedal assist" yourself away from dead stops. just enough to get it rolling, then drop the clutch and the engine will take over.
the smoke, assuming you're not burning tons of oil, is probably the paint burning off the exhaust pipe. i thought my first bike was on fire when i first ran it...