Originally Posted by def
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.
Thanks def. I read your comment about 'adequate compression' and assumed it was fine and turning over in a manly sort of way. Thanks for the clarification, that makes a heck of a lot more sense.