Going tomorrow to look at a X40 derived bike, it has the kickstart engine fitted, the guy selling it has said he went out to start it as it hasn't been done in a week or two, he got it started, but it stalled after a short while, It has a new Airsal 70 kit, a bing 15 clone, and a biturbo exhaust. he says it isn't seized, but until i can pull the head and/or try turning the mag side to check the crank can move I cannot confirm this.
He says the kickstart can return, and it isn't all locked up, so sounds like the return spring is ok. but it feels like it is "disconnected" (his words not mine) now ill be honest i know nothing about E50 motors, as I've never owned one. but I've messed with many other peds and 2 stroke motors in general. I'm thinking it may be something like a woodruff key working loose or breaking, so the clutch is spinning on the crank when he kicks it but nothing can engage (i have not nor cannot find a exploded view to confirm it has a woodruff key here) or possibly something is not shimmed right and theres enough slop for it to disengage. and that can account for the disconnected feeling and failure to turn the crank.
Is it possible to get parts to repair the kickstart mech, and does the Magnum X kickstart parts fit? i know where I can get a good used set. do the gears used in the pedal conversion cover to kickstart work? as that might be a source of new parts. I really want to buy this bike, but not if its going to be impossible to source the parts to fix the mech. forgive my ignorance, but I'm trying to diagnose a motor i know nothing about other than the basics, and trying to save myself a 130 mile each way trip for nothing... also it could be as simple as the current owner has seized it and either knows nothing, or is playing ignorant. but he seems a genuine guy.