April 25, 2014
I have just completed a full ground up nut & bolt rebuild including engine rebuild on my D14/4. After a bit of coaxing and a bump start I got the bike running, I completed a full set up, carb adjustments, checked timing with a timing light etc,etc.The engine revs freely and runs well, no power problems. The only problem is it won’t start from cold. I have tried every conceivable starting technique, no strangler, full strangler. Used tickler, no tickler, no throttle, half, full, you name it I have tried it, but no go. Give it a good push and a bump start and it’s away.
The only thing is the spark looks a bit weak. I have tried a new coil, checked wiring etc, I am not quite sure how good a spark you get with a 6v positive earth system, however it runs. I have checked everything multiple times and checked again. I am now out of ideas.
If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful, as I am very cheesed off and also knackered from pushing the «censored» thing! 🥵🥵🥵
Thanks in advance.
November 16, 2011
Condenser soaking up too much power from the c/b points to get it started with the kicker? Bung an old car one on and try.
Try without the plug cap.
Run in the dark & look for sparks tracking. Not uncommon to see the coil sending a spark to the frame etc. Has happened to me & others on here.
Of course if I suggest electrics, it`ll be fuel. Good thread on here the other month on the pilot circuit drillings on the 626 carb & how easily it gets blocked. Think there`s a yourtube vid on it too. Not happened to my D14s....yet, but probably will next time I drag them out after a lay-off?
The list is endless. You fitted new crank seals on good shafts & the correct way around...didn`t follow popular youtube vid where chap fits them back-to-front? Usually will still run, after a fashion...
April 25, 2020
I’m pretty new to bantams but I’ve played these games before.
- check your earths are solid. Use a multimeter to check whether your battery voltage drops if you move the positive terminal of your multimeter to different locations around the frame.
- is your battery fully charged?
- pull your plug, let it sit against the head to earth out and kick the bike with the ignition on. Do you get a nice fat blue spark or a weak orange or yellow spark?
- have you tried turning the idle speed screw in a couple of turns?. Sometimes when my 350 has been sitting and it’s a cold morning I need to give it a bit more idle speed which I then back off when it’s running.
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September 22, 2019
In the first instance I'd give it a decent run in the real world. You may find certain traits which help point to the underlying problem. For example misfiring or lacking power on hills. Plus you'll have a bit of fun and remind yourself while you are doing this in the first place.
May 20, 2018
My D14 was also v difficult to start from cold, the colder the weather the more kicks needed (3-4 dozen in the depths of the Scottish winter). A mate asked me how much I tickled it, I told him I tickled it until the fuel started to run out. He said to tickle it for a further 5-10 seconds. Problem solved.
January 9, 2013
November 6, 2016
Having been through this rigmarole with a B175 in the past I have sympathy - but this is what I learned :
Two additional things to check - if you have a weak spark :
Plug - does it have an 'R' in its number - this implies a resistor in the plug - change it for a non-resistor type (no 'R' in its number), and try again
Plug cap - is this a resistor type as well - change it for a non resistor type and try again
You will generally get away with one resistor in your ignition line - but two will cause weak ( or no ) spark and starting problems
Coil connections - it is possible to wire your coil the wrong way round - it will stil produce a spark but not a good one. Swap teh connection sover and try again.
Only change one thing at a time - in this way you will know what caused the original problem.
April 25, 2014
November 6, 2016
January 24, 2012
September 15, 2018
I'd agree with the wolf.
Back in the day I had a Golden Arrow (sadly I sold it ) & the staring ritual was always, Fuel on, no ignition, 2 or 3 kicks & turn on ignition. Never failed to start on the first kick then.
I've had my D14 off the road since I bought it 18 months ago. used the Arrow technique today & away it went on second kick.
September 15, 2018
My elation was a bit short lived, went out to start the other morning & would it fire? no chance, did a quick check of the electrics, timing etc. took the plug out & it was wet & oiled. So had a back track to when it started ok & realised that I had previously turned off the fuel & let it stall out with no fuel in the carb. So maybe that's my problem.
With the plug cleaned & a tickle,away it went !
Fuel off & stalled out, so we'll see what next time brings ?
September 30, 2011
The starting problem seems much like the trouble that I have just had for the second time.
The problem has been with a leaking fuel tap. The tap does not shut off completely due to a worn cork inside.
Fuel then slowly fills the carb and eventually gets past the float shut off needle. Fuel then seeps into the crankcase via the inlet port.
The first kick when you try to start immediately wets the spark plug.
My first replacement tap cork lasted 6 years, the second has only lasted 2 years.
In my case I think the reason for cork failure is a missing gauze filter on the fuel tap itself. It had probably broken off many years ago.
I didn't really worry about it too much as there is a good filter in the banjo inlet of the carb and I had never had a blocked jet problem.
Unfortunately any sediment in the tank can get into the tap and my guess is it eventually wears the cork.
I have now replaced the gauze filter, I found a supplier on e-bay. They are sold as Seagull outboard motor tap filters but are identical to the Ewarts tap filters. They are soldered in. A very easy job if you follow the supplied instructions.
So I have now replaced the cork and filter. Hopefully problem solved for a few years.
October 18, 2013
April 9, 2015
After running the carb dry and leaving for a few weeks my D14 does'nt want to start in the normal way so I remove the conical screw on filter.
Then ;- Ign off - fuel on - choke on - tickle carb until fuel is coming out - hand over bell mouth - two prods on the kick start - ign on - one or two kicks and she is away - filter back on , after this it starts first kick having been left for a few days without running the carb dry. Beats bump starting any day ! Anyway I couldn't do it anymore.
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