Yes Ed, I am finding out what you and most everyone else might already know. The starter shoes keep you from getting that long hi reving, clutch stinking, cock hardening take off from a stop,
I did some runs with my shoes out and It was a perfect launch with no bog down caused by the starters.
Did you think there would not be a tutorial? Have a seat.
Figured I would use my polini street runner that I ride 3 times a week for this experiment. Plus it had gas.
I remove the variator and shuck the parts out on the table. This setup has three balls and one star. the shoes came out really easy since I keep my stuff pretty well maintained.
Note to Charlie: see the little brass washer there? I got a pack of those from ACE hardware. It lays right under the beveled washer on top of the inner bearing race and plastic washer. helps with the binding. I think they are called sink valve shims.
Bolt it back together sans starter shoes. I am starting to take note that with no shoes all the torque will now be transfered through the skinny locking ring posts. I wonder if the ring will want to flex or distort with no shoes in there to back it up so to speak..
Slap the shit back on and figure out how to start it now.
If I try to start it by wrapping something on the flywheel I will definatly have to run with no top covers as they are in the way.
I tried using this dress belt but after about ten pulls I bloodied my lip and threw it out in the street.
I think If I had a leather strap 1/2 inch wide and 5 feet long This would work with one pull
Till then, Fuck all the dumb shit.
Got it running of course and yes yes yes. No bog or interference just a high rev, followed by a steady clutch slip for about 50 feet or so till the variator met the crank at 1:1
So instead of the variator bringing the crank speed down to it. The crank speed made the variator come up to meet it.
I see and feel more tuning opps that have opened up.
Funny thing though, as I was doing my last turnaround while test riding, I see something rolling out on the ground. It was my flywheel nut.
It must have broken loose when the drill kicked back when starting.
Stupidly I killed the bike and bent down to pick up the nut, then it dawned that I cant start the bike now. FUCK ME!!
I resign to start pushing the bike 1/2 mile home when I remember someone said you can kick the flywheel and start a bike.
A couple of practice kicks later and IT WORKED, HOORAY.
I rode back home and killed the bike, then tried the kicking again and now its easy.
I must consider that the bike is warm and this might not be so easy when cold. Although I could take the belt off for less resistance.
I will let the bike cool way down and let you guys know.