What is a good starter setup for someone who doesn't know much?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by merlinfire, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. merlinfire

    merlinfire New Member

    Totally new to motorized bikes. Wondering if I can get some basic advice. Hope this doesn't come off as annoying.

    I am looking for something reliable and easy to maintain since I'm not an expert.

    I don't have to have the most junky model out there, but I don't need the very most expensive either. Something middle of the road, something with a standard for durability.

    A suggestion on bike/kit is very appreciated. And if you have any idea on cost and where I should get it from? Are there any brick & mortar stores that sell this stuff in SW Ohio? Or is internet pretty much the only option?
     

  2. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I personally use Staton Inc. I've got 4500 miles on my kit with no problems. I prefer 4 strokes. With these kits you get what you willing to pay for.
     
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  3. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Member

    My starter kit was friction drive and 1.6hp Robin/Subaru 4-stroke engine.
     
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  4. merlinfire

    merlinfire New Member

  5. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    The kind with a rolling start require a manual clutch which isn't legal in many states. Most 4 strokes have a pull cord. They use a reduction transmission system that has a centrifugal clutch. These are considered automatic transmissions.
     
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  6. merlinfire

    merlinfire New Member

    Can you start 2 strokes without stopping? Or do you generally have to stop to start any MAB engine?
     
  7. merlinfire

    merlinfire New Member

    Ok looks like according to the "crash course for noobs" you can "bump start" most 2-cycle engines. Does most in this case mean "pretty much all" or how can I tell if an engine can be bump started
     
  8. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Member

    All of the popular "weedwhacker-style engines have centrifugal clutches that don't permit bumpstarting. That's why they can idle when not in use.

    What you could do is reposition the pullstart so you can simply reach back and start the engine. The pullstart handle can be in any 4 positions you wish to bolt it on. You can do this while sitting @ the stop, or while rolling @ any speed. Just gets used to reaching back and yanking the rope.

    Some engines will start with one pull. Other engines you have to pull rope and play with the throttle.

    Lol, no worries. It's easier to do than writing this reply post.
     
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  9. merlinfire

    merlinfire New Member

    That doesn't so all that hard I suppose.
     
  10. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Yes you can start a two stroke or a 4 stroke without stoping as long as it uses a manual clutch or your pull cord is within reach.
     
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