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The 350 was running poorly, especially off idle when letting off the clutch. It killed, so I let the clutch quickly hoping to refire. It didn't. I pulled in the clutch and when I went to kick it over, the entire bike moves forward. Shifted to neutral, went to kick it, and it still moves forward. Now with the clutch in...the kicker is not engaging at all.

Where should start looking?

On a good note, yesterday the carbs were tore down and cleaned. It ran better, but it still had that off idle stumble. I then set the points, static timed, and checked timing with a strobe. HOLY CRAP! It's a whole new machine! :D

Want to get that kick starter operational again.
 

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I mis-spoke on the kicker symptoms

In neutral, it can be kick started
In neutral with clutch pulled in, the kicker does not engage
In gear, with clutch pulled in, the bike moves forward as you kick it.

I messed with the clutch adjustment per the manual. It feels and works real well, but maybe it's not in its happy place yet?
 

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IF the bike "moves forward" when kicking it through,.... IT IS IN (a) GEAR......
The "kicker" will not engage to start the engine with the clutch lever pulled in. (disengaged) regardless of if it's in a gear or neutral....However, it is always connected to the transmission, so if in a gear, the kicker will propel the bike...
It's connected to the crankshaft through the clutch...

The electric starter will "kick-over" the engine in ANY neutral state...(clutch pulled in if in gear....Clutch position doesn't matter if actually in the "real" neutral)
 

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"In neutral, it can be kick started"... That is correct....
"In neutral with clutch pulled in, the kicker does not engage" ...That also is how it should be....
"In gear, with clutch pulled in, the bike moves forward as you kick it."... You can't start these bikes in gear by kicking, only by e-start with the clutch disengaged

Never touch the clutch lever UNLESS Electric starting!... The bike must ACTUALLY be in neutral to kick start. not just any "neutral alternative" as in an e-start situation!......

Got it?
 

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Got it.

I thought for sure I was able to kick it over while in gear with the clutch pulled in. Must have been using the electric start :?

It appears all is well then! Wished our MN weather hadn't turned sour today. There is a hill that gave this bike a little trouble. I want to try it again with the new found power.
 
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