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tommy1394
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Hello all,

This is my first post, but have browsed here often as I restored a 56 R60. I got it started for the first time yesterday, drove it around the neighborhood and all seemed great. This morning I go out to start it and the kickstarter acts like it won't grab the engine. It just goes down easy. I switch it from neutral into gears and it has the same behavior, and the wheel does not even move. If I put the transmission all the was up in 4th gear, the kickstarter moves the rear wheel. But it is just not grabbing the engine.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks, Tommy

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I can't quite picture a

I can't quite picture a single cause for the symptoms you're reporting. There shouldn't be any difference between how the bike behaves in 4th vs. any other gear, unless there is something specifically wrong with the other three gears in the transmission. Getting no engine compression resistance at the kickstarter means that there's a disconnect between the kickstarter and the flywheel - the clutch, the cam spring or ratchet on the input shaft or the kickstart idler or segment gears.

Just to be sure, when you tried kicking it, were you holding the clutch lever in, or leaving it released? If you kick with the clutch lever pulled in, there will be no resistance. Normal starting is kicking with the transmission in neutral and the clutch released.

When in 4th gear and kicking the starter, can you hold the rear tire and resist its movement? If so, this may just be fluid motion in the transmission turning it over.

If you take the bike off the stand and roll it around with the engine off, does it stop you when you shift into each gear and let out the clutch? Does it roll freely with the clutch pulled in? This will verify that your clutch is functioning correctly.

If you find a difference in the way 4th gear acts compared to the other gears, you probably have a problem with the intermediate shaft or one or more of the gears on the output shaft of the transmission. This will be an expensive repair.

If all of the gears behave the same, but you don't get resistance when rolling the bike around with the clutch released while in gear, then you have a clutch problem. This should be less expensive.

If everything else is normal and the starter just doesn't turn anything over, you have a problem with the kickstarter itself inside the transmission. This could be cheap or expensive, depending on just what is wrong.

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I would look close at the clutch...

Hopefully it is just the clutch and those are much easier to fix than transmission parts are to replace.... at first I thought about the output flange but the kick start would still work.... still ya gotta pull the engine and trans just to check...sorry ....I know the feeling...Damm...

Joel

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tommy1394
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Daryl, Great advice. It looks

Daryl,

Great advice. It looks like I had adjusted the clutch cable a bit too tight. As soon as I loosened it, everything worked. Also, I guess I didn't realize that you have to start the bike in neutral with the clutch out.

Thanks for the help.

Joel,

just wanted to thank you as well, I am running your electronic ignition/12V kit. Everything went on easily and the bike fired right up and runs beautifully.

-Tommy

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Tommy, you should make sure

Tommy, you should make sure that your clutch is adjusted so that there is about 1/4" of play at the clutch lever. If it loses all of the play, you run the risk of ruining the little thrust bearing in the back of the transmission or, even worse, wearing out your clutch prematurely.

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