The kick start on my 1929 ohv Sloper doesn't engage with the rachet until almost horizontal; even then, it jams, so that I have to use the clutch to depress it a bit more before I can kick it over. This means that there is a quite small angle through I can actually kick the engine over.
I've made a short video clip showing the ks rest position, the angle that it first starts to engage with the rachet, and a view down the oil filler of the quadrant rotating:https://youtu.be/CV24Rj3COAA
I know that it is common to relieve the first quadrant tooth to stop the jamming issue, which would also increase the angle before it first engaged, but it does not appear that this has been done to mine. I'm reluctant to do that since it will make the limited kick start travel even worse.
So, my questions are:
- is the angle at first engagement typical for this bike/gearbox ? It appears to have the correct kick start mechanism.
- what could I do to prevent the jamming other than filing off the leading tooth ?
- how could I increase the effective angle of travel to make starting easier ?
I realise that I need to take the box apart to investigate further, but it would be helpful to get some suggestions about what to look for etc beforehand.