Originally Posted by fasterlaster
Alright, I'll bite on this story. My only exposure to kick starts was my old Triumph, but I'm having a tough time making a connection between engine spark (since compression and fuel were good) and the clutch cable being tight. Mind enlightening me?
On many older kick start motorcycles, the clutch must be engaged for the kick starter to rotate the engine. In this instance, the clutch was slipping due to the poor adjustment.
Engine spark, fuel and compression were fine. Because the clutch was slipping, the kicker would not turn the engine over past TDC.