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Old 06-16-2009, 04:48 AM
Boredomfiend Boredomfiend is offline
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Default My First Build - and questions..

I can barely contain my excitement here, but since its 2:30am, I gotta force myself to chill. Today I put together my first kit, and tonight I got it running, and it was awesome.

I have plenty of tuning to do tomorrow... try to fix the kickstand, new cable cap and adjust the clutch cable and cable mod (pulley wheel), tune up the idle so it keeps running without throttle, replace the regular bike chain (snapped it, but it was old), change out the engine mount posts (screw china, I'm using stainless steel), remount the gas tank in a more permanent fashion, etc.

So obviously I have a nice task list for tomorrow, but I'm gonna love every minute of it.

Question though.. if I pull the clutch and slowly roll the bike, there is a little resistance and it sounds like the engine is pumping even though its not trying to start. Is this normal or just because my clutch cable isnt tight enough?

What does it mean if the engine seems tight? If I pedal to speed and drop the clutch, it slows me down without pumping the engine at all, then seems to "catch" once its a bit slower, and then the engine tries to start. Also if I'm going a little too slow and drop the clutch, it locks my back tire even if I have my full weight on the bike. Like I said, is the engine tight or something? When I first tested the engine mount with sprocket on, the bike would roll easily, pumping the engine, even without the clutch installed. Now it requires my full weight on the bike and sometimes even thats not enough. Whats the deal?

ALSO, from the initial gas fill, there's been air in the line. The tank has plenty, the valves are open, why wont it fill the line all the way? its weird seeing air in there. Do I just let it sort itself out, or is there something I need to do?
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