Kick start problems for 1979 Motobecane

I have a 1979 Motobecane mobylette. I can not start it in the standing position...( kick start). I have no problems when I pedal or push the bike to get ignition. Every thing on the bike has been cleaned, carbs muffler etc.

any suggestions? Thanks

Re: Kick start problems for 1979 Motobecane

Belt drive engines don't engage as fast as other mopeds. You need to get more parts spinning faster. I have had my motobecane running from one kick on the stand, but i had a loose exhaust at the time. The exhaust makes so much backpressure its just hard enough so that you have to get it moving.

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