What is the "proper" method of starting up?

Finfan

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I am still under 100 miles on my bike and I find it can take me a couple of blocks to get it started. I am wondering if I should try repeatedly popping the clutch to get it to fire or should I just release the clutch and pedal against the engine until it starts? Is there a "correct" way to do this? Thanks!
 

Bikeguy Joe

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Turn on fuel.
Put choke 3/4 up.
Push prime or "tickler" for a couple seconds.
Pedal up to ten mph or so and pop the clutch.
I always use wide open throttle, your results may vary.
 

jerseykat1

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i will try that. i have always pushed the primer about 7 times (thinking of how my weed wacker works) close the choke completely and left the back wheel and crank start it with the pedals usually takes me about 3-4 cranks to get it going. i will see what results i get by hold the primer down for 5 secs. i need to get this mastered as i have my shifter kit coming so popping the clutch while moving will be out of the question. maybe i should get a pull start kit.
 

old motorbike

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I've been practicing also. I'm too old to pedal too far. I rigged up a choke lever at the throttle. Pedal about 20 or so feet and it starts to sputter to life with the choke on. If I use the primer it seems to flood and get harder to start.
I have a shift kit to do also.
 

TexasDav

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I've been practicing also. I'm too old to pedal too far. I rigged up a choke lever at the throttle. Pedal about 20 or so feet and it starts to sputter to life with the choke on. If I use the primer it seems to flood and get harder to start.
I have a shift kit to do also.
I hear you! Im too old to pedal half a block to get started then try to find that choke before it dies. I built this bike so I don't have to pedal! I am going to rig a choke cable on my bike also.
 

hill climber

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maybe try les choke. its 40 deg. here in the mornings and i can get mine started in 4 or 5 pedels. i dont use the choke or the primer/tickler. just about half throttle and she comes to life
 

NunyaBidness

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this is the one and only thing that has worked right from the start on my motor. I can roll down my driveway and pop the clutch right after I enter the street and my motor fires right up almost every time, no choke needed at all.
 

Goat Herder

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My engine starts with out priming on a dime with full chocke it has a personallity till warmed up look closer somthing amiss got to thing about it