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Old 09-18-2018, 11:18 AM   #16
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XLCH indicates "Competition Hot". Originally a bike with a magneto and kick only. They eventually came with an e-start, but also lost the magneto and high compression.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:58 AM   #17
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XLCH indicates "Competition Hot". Originally a bike with a magneto and kick only. They eventually came with an e-start, but also lost the magneto and high compression.
... I'm a big fan of low compression street engines ...

my friend Shawn C rode a '70 Sportster with an e-start in the
Moto Melee a few years ago ... seem to recall it was an ex-AFM
racebike with the heads arranged on it so it could run two carbs ...
will have to ask him about it ...

here is the Sportster I'd like, but guess they're expensive these days:









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Old 09-19-2018, 09:15 AM   #18
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Nothing like trying to light the fire on a drippy fog nite with my '69 CH.
I tried kicking for 1/2 hour then went to run & bump. The street I was on had a grade, so I pushed uphill far enough to turn around and get going fast enough for the bump. I was a bit wobbly in the legs from kicking, but it took the third time for the R & B to finally fire.
Those tillitson chain saw carbs weren't the best, replaced with a SU.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:03 AM   #19
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My flathead had a tillotson. I swapped it for a Kei-Hin CV and never looked back. I had to tip the bike off the stand to prime it, but it was such a better bike with that set up.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:41 AM   #20
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I did read about, and use the primer hole, my then current eyeglasses earpiece would fit.
Want to mention the perpetual bruise on the inside right thigh?
Every CH owner I've ever talked to knows this too.
Nothing else sounded like an ironhead winding up to 7k, and the puff of smoke as the rings bit as the throttle was whacked open.

There was a bike show in Vacaville, that had a chopped CH for sale, that developed a line of players that thought they could start it. I noticed the fuel was on the whole time and gas dripping from the carb while leaned way over on the stand while they kicked it.
I gave them an hour or so before I tried it. I stood it up and turned off the gas, fairly easy to kick, not much compression, didn't have to leap up for every stroke. So I just pumped air thru it throttle open until she fired.
I've forgotten on how much a beast it was to live with as a daily rider.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:47 AM   #21
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I did read about, and use the primer hole, my then current eyeglasses earpiece would fit.
Want to mention the perpetual bruise on the inside right thigh?
Every CH owner I've ever talked to knows this too.
Nothing else sounded like an ironhead winding up to 7k, and the puff of smoke as the rings bit as the throttle was whacked open.

There was a bike show in Vacaville, that had a chopped CH for sale, that developed a line of players that thought they could start it. I noticed the fuel was on the whole time and gas dripping from the carb while leaned way over on the stand while they kicked it.
I gave them an hour or so before I tried it. I stood it up and turned off the gas, fairly easy to kick, not much compression, didn't have to leap up for every stroke. So I just pumped air thru it throttle open until she fired.
I've forgotten on how much a beast it was to live with as a daily rider.
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