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Thread: Freakishly hard to start......!!

  1. #16
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    You might want to take a second look at the carbs. Be sure you chech the starting jet in the fuel bowl. The jet is located down in the well that the sphen (sp) tube fits into.
    Dave
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    A buddy and I spent yesterday chasing wires all over the bike-
    At this point we think it's got to be weak, tired coils...

    Gonna replace and see what happens....

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    yes, try test the coils

    Coils can be temperature sensitive. You can check the resistance of the coils (of course disconnected). Anton has a good article on his web site:

    http://www.largiader.com/articles/ignition/

    Total resistance of 3 ohms.

    Dave
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    New coils helped, but it wasn't the gremlin I was looking for...
    So swapped out my two year old condenser with a new one... and the bike cranked up like an enthusiastic puppy.....

    So from now on, any hiccups on the bike: new condenser.
    Feels like I got some bad gas: new condenser!
    Headlight stops working: new condenser!
    Hell, if I get a flat tire, I'm just going to replace the condenser again....!

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    The Airheads line Simple by Choice comes to mind. It also might not be a bad idea to run a second ground wire from the engine to the frame. The stock one on the transmission bolt is a bit of a problem area.
    1971 R50/5 SWB with R75/6 drivetrain
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