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Old 29th September 2011
bhakakha bhakakha is offline
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Sportster/Buell Model: 1972 ironhead
Sportster/Buell Year: 1972
Other Motorcycle Model: FLSTSC
Other Motorcycle Year: 2005
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Default starting with mikuni carb

I have been having a hard time kick starting my 72 XLH with 38 round slide mikuni carb, and am now more confused after reading some threads. The times when I have been able to start I have the enricher lever UP (so the plunger is down), and after the bike starts I push the level end down (so the plunger is pulled up). The bike then runs fine. Am I doing this backwards? The one time I did get it started with the lever down (and plunger up) it was fine until I pulled the lever up (plunger down) and the bike stopped immediately. I have looked at Piniongear's posts (thanks), and am just unclear. In the following picture to me the lever is down. Thanks for the help,

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