- Nov 25, 2017
- Germantown, NY
- Magni M16
- Total Flight Time
My gyro in the video had the old points style ignition , which I wasn,t very fond of because they require adjust regularly so decided to install the reluctor type of distributor from Subaru , just could not get it to fire , so had to install a aftermarket ignition spark which had a great spark at any revsThree basic reasons, in combination: 1) the compression is very high, 2) you need around 300 rpm before the electronic ignition modules will give you any spark, and 3) the latest versions all have slipper clutches.
I had one of those !!!! (A bike I couldn't pick up)In my younger days a motorbike we couldn’t pick up was one my cousins and I shouldn’t have been riding.
Two of us were 11 and my younger cousin 9. The Francis Barnet 250cc scrambler we managed, the 300cc Royal Enfield Bullet was the one that couldn’t fall over or we were stranded, and my Uncle’s 1000cc Harley was a museum piece we all used to marvel at.
I bought my Norton 850 when I was almost your size - - 5'9"and 125 pounds. Unlike other big displacement kickstart-only bikes I had ridden, it has no compression release and (thankfully) no manual spark advance. I had to struggle it up on the center stand to have any hope of starting it. If I stood on the kick starter, it would not move. I had to do a jump-up with the left leg and bring both weight and speed down to bear on the right. Fortunately, it was willing to start if you could get any speed into the crankshaft. Until about 4,000 miles on the odometer and some break-in, it was a real challenge. I got in the habit of patting the cylinder head with an ungloved hand to determine its temperature, setting the choke according to that feel, tickling both carbs until the fuel just started to dribble out, and then my athletics began. My belief at the time was that any would-be thief would need a ramp and a truck, because he would never bring it to life in reasonable time if he didn't know the drill.I had one of those !!!! (A bike I couldn't pick up)
It was a 650 BSA I had taken in trade on a car. I was about 16 , 5ft 8 and 130 pounds and had to use the tips of my toes to reach the ground . Hard part was starting it , I would step on the kickstart , it would go down a few inches and my body would go up lots of inches and of course the whole thing would lay over on its side.
No way I could lift it back up except it had a 36" sissy bar on the back seat and if I used it as a lever I could get the bike back up.