1975 CB360 Kickstart “stuck”

jsherwoo

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At the absolute Final stages of my cafe rebuild, had the engine running before pulled it off the frame to paint, etc.

My Kick won’t budge, I see a very slight movement on the sprocket when I try to push down on the kick.

Bike is is neutral (rolls without any engine resistance). Also tried with clutch pulled in, but no difference.
When I set the electronic ignition, I was able to crank the engine to get compression strokes no problem, so I don’t think it’s seized (plus I had it running a few months ago).

Guess I don’t understand the linkage between the kick, clutch, drive train, etc?!? I assumed neutral would disengage the drivetrain from the motor, and the kick would then Be able to turn the engine.

Really hoping there’s some simple troubleshooting steps I could try before cracking open the case :-/

Another thing to note, not sure what the push rod should be doing when I have the clutch case off, it slides in and out freely. Is it supposed to push in further with the pressure from the clutch cable, and perhaps I can’t expert enough pressure by hand to make it do some sort of actuation? Or should I be able to feel some sort of “spring” as I exert pressure on it by hand?
 
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jsherwoo

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some videos of what’s happening
 

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irk miller

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Your kickstarter shaft is likely out of rotation. There's an arm on the shaft behind the cover that will engage a tab on the engine case if it's set wrong. I would take the cover off and reassemble the kickstarter.
 

jsherwoo

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Your kickstarter shaft is likely out of rotation. There's an arm on the shaft behind the cover that will engage a tab on the engine case if it's set wrong. I would take the cover off and reassemble the kickstarter.
Thanks @irk miller
I guess I’m draining the oil and pulling the case cover off :-/.
Wondering how it would have gotten out of sync? Just removing the kickstart arm could contribute to that you think? (I haven’t opened the case since I had it running last).
 

irk miller

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Double check under your tappet covers and make sure they’re all there. Could be hitting a locknut against the cam chain, but I’m under the impression you can start it with the electric starter.
 

jsherwoo

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Double check under your tappet covers and make sure they’re all there. Could be hitting a locknut against the cam chain, but I’m under the impression you can start it with the electric starter.
Thanks. Will check out under the tappets. My electric starter doesn’t work (didn’t before the build) - so can’t check that way. I was able to manually crank the engine at the stator when setting the timing on the electronic ignition. So I would assume that would mean the cam chain is moving ok? Though, I was never able to get it to turn when I had it in neutral - I had to keep the clutch lever depressed.
 

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