Getting "sacked" by your Whizzer:

Discussion in 'Whizzer Motorized Bicycles' started by Hal the Elder, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member


    The following would never happen to you guys, because you're all familiar with the "Ways of the Whizzer"!

    This morning, after a great breakfast, I planned to put a few more break-in miles on Oscar before going to band rehearsal.

    I wheeled him onto the driveway, put him on his center stand, turned on the fuel tap and mounted the saddle.

    Then I gave him full choke, turned on the ignition, released the compression and began pedaling. He wouldn't start after the first few cranks, so I set the choke to mid-position and tried again...nothing. Then I set the choke completely off, and tried again. Still a dead issue.

    Then I checked the fuel supply and the flow of gas from the tank to the carb by disconnecting the line from the filter to the carb.

    Fuel flowed from the tank through the petcock, through the filter, and out the hose that connects to the carb's float bowl.
    Fuel delivery was OK!

    Then I pulled the plug and it was a bit sooty, but dry with a normal-looking gap. Resting the plug's body against ground, I pedaled again to see if there was spark across the plug gap. There was not!

    Then I began to worry...did the CDI unit fail? The only way I could be sure was to test it with my own body! I fastened a clip lead inside the High Voltage plug connection, and holding the other end of the lead in my hand while touching ground with my other hand, I pedaled again.

    I felt no jolts, which settled high voltage from the CDI unit!

    While sinking low into frustration and despondency, I happened to notice that the Kill Switch was in the "OFF" position! I then switched it to "RUN" and Oscar started on the first pedal stroke! I then recalled that the last time I had him out, I used the kill switch to shut off the bike, then turned off the ignition.

    But I never did return the kill switch to "RUN"!

    This is how Oscar "sacked" me!

    Last edited: Nov 9, 2008

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Kind of strange how easy it is to forget something as simple as that, isn't it?

    Still, this story had a happy ending. That's good.
  3. StillDream'n

    StillDream'n Guest

    Getting Sacked

    Hi Hal,
    The same thing has happend to me, when I hit the switch
    and did not know it:???: But it will be the first thing you will check next time!!
  4. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

    As soon as I started to read your post I wondered if you turned the kill switch back on. lol
    All us modern Whizzer riders have done that at least once.

  5. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Hal, you have just gone through the initiation rites for the Whizzer Owner's Club. I think all of us with modern Whizzers have done this, and maybe more than once!
  6. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    Hey Kilroy:

    It's good to be associated with such esteemed company! :smile:

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  7. Kep1a

    Kep1a Guest

    Don't feel bad.
    I also had a brain dead incident. I was riding along and decided to move around and re-situate myself on the saddle. I soon found myself coasting with no power. It was as if someone turned off the key but I checked the key and it was on. I spent 10 minuted determining that my instinct that there was fuel but no spark was spot on. Only after I wasted my precious travel time did I figure out that my thumb had hit the on off switch on the right handlebar controls. I do not use that switch (ever) so I completely forgot about it. Go figure bitten by my own stupidity (but only once).

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  8. sk8erpunk

    sk8erpunk Member

    I've done this, sad to say, more than once (the second time was at night). also, trying to kick start it without the key being turned on. it's not so bad, but doing it in front of other people is kind of ...

    glad to hear you are up and running, Hal!!
  9. Kep1a

    Kep1a Guest

    I did not mean to imply that my thumb would never inadvertently hit that off switch again. What I was trying to say was that incident would be the only time I went through all that diagnostics and testing before I checked that silly little switch to be sure it was on. Now I don't coast 10 feet before I reach over and flip it back on LOL.

  10. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes-- Hal -- I have also been to that place -- a few times

    every time that my MB does not start on the first few pulls

    I start to wonder -- what's wrong with my MB

    yes -- it helps mountainman -- if the switch is turned on

    it's an easy fix -- once we settle down -- to what's really going on as we wish to

    ride that THING
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  11. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    I did something similar with my first GEBE... wondered why the killswitch was shorting through me and not the handlebars...

    then noticed the rubber suspension bushing on the handlebar/stem joint... light dawned... and I didnt get xxKv through my left arm...

    Jemma xx
  12. n8ygn

    n8ygn Member

    Hi hal, in the engineering field we call that a brain fart. By the way did I tell you I bow hunt, well bow hunters spray fox urine on there boot to get rid of there human sent. Well I got the bright idea to put it in a used afrin nose spray bottle. Took a week to get that taste out of my mouth. I hope this made you feel better. Dane
  13. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Oh, yuck! :yuck: My eyes are burning just thinking about that! Just be glad it wasn't Tink's #69 Doe in Rut Buck Lure. I swear that stuff is so strong you can smell it upwind!
  14. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    Hey Dane:

    Yes, I know!

    I'm a retired 37-year McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing aerospace engineer.

    I've got a Bear 45-pound Recurve that I used to use for target work.

    Everybody wants a Compound, so I can't sell it!

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  15. n8ygn

    n8ygn Member

    Hal I started with a 45 pound American archer in 73 I have been using a compound for years. I also started hunting with a handgun still too easy. I'm going to have to jump out of a tree with a spear or knife. WVa humor (Dane) I've been hunting by myself since I was 12
  16. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    West Virginia, Huh?

    Hey Dane...

    I was born in Wheeling...lived on The Island until I was 8, when we moved to California during WW2.

    "Montani Semper Liberi"

  17. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    I'll admit it also. Done this on every bike ive owned. I even leave my car in drive and shut it off every once in a while. Then it wont start. For a split second I itch my head and get that nervous feeling, then I smile and shake my head. Dumb me. :grin:
  18. jbcruisin

    jbcruisin Member

    The kill switch!!

    All I'll say is "I do this all the time!!!" Every time I think "I can't believe you left the kill switch off again". It's worse when there are people around waiting to see how the Whizzer starts.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  19. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    That's when it happens to me the most! :lol::lol::lol: