Well, now you've been and gone and done it! 500? Just don't blame me . . .
So that'll be kicking? Push the lever down till it stops, take a look at the ammeter, use the decomp to finagle engine just past tdc, the ammeter needle should deflect a little to the left, bring the lever back up and give a long steady kick. With any luck, it starts. Bet you can hardly keep a straight face as you hear the engine give a wheezy breath during this procedure.. . . I'll attempt a start, perhaps, tomorrow . . .
Hey Kojack, nice bikeThis afternoon I started by re-installing the air cleaner on the Enfield. Next, the freshly charged battery went in, sort of. This will take some more investigation but it's temporarily permanent for now. I decided to just fill the carb with gas through some tubing and fittings instead of using the tank. Next I followed Raymond's starting procedure and got,,, nothing. Hmm. Out with the plug. No spark. Following the plug wire back I found it was not connected to the coil. How did I miss that? It can be seen but not touched, unless I remove the air cleaner. Oh well, back off with it. Now I was able to reach in with needle nose pliers and work the wire back into place. Screw that air cleaner. Back to the starting procedure. The first kick got a pop. The second kick another. The third kick and it came to life! It was blowing an alarming amount of oil around the exhaust joint and belching clouds of blue smoke. I hadn't figured for wet sumping. It settled into a nice smooth idle so I let it use up the gas in the carburetor. It died, I refilled and restarted it and it again settled into a nice idle with no smoke. Success! A ride will have to wait. The TLS front brake link was MIA and a replacement is on order. From India. It should be here sometime between next week and January 10th. That'll give me time to figure out the battery mounting details.
My headlight wouldn't come on unless the motor was running. Do I have issues?No worries, Kojak.
I expect to have plenty more comments to add to this thread. For them as might be interested, such as yourself.
Life with the Bullet, the good, the bad, the quirky, the comical. Uhm, haven't been back in the garage since, lemmesee, Monday I fink it was. Or mighta been Tuesday. Got the rewire to un point certain where it seemed a good idea to put the battery back and check what works.
Battery in, key in, switch on and MY GOD THAT HORN'S BLOODY LOUD!
Oops. To restore sanity pulled the horn wire off. Lights work, turn signals work. Not going to start 'er up again just yet.
But first need to go and have a look for the silly error and any more that show up in the wiring system.
Kojak, not issues but the delightful world of an Antique British motorbike improved with a bit of Indian pragmatic thinking. Your humble bike has two electrical systems. DC to charge the battery, run the ignition, run nearly everything. And an AC system solely responsible for running the headlamp. Hence the headlamp won't even flicker till the engine runs.My headlight wouldn't come on unless the motor was running. Do I have issues?
If I'm not mistaken, the bullet uses an AC light system. Alternator (or whatever they call it) has to be spinning.My headlight wouldn't come on unless the motor was running. Do I have issues?