Harold Bawlzangya Racing

220 break in

It has been 485 days since I last rode my hybrid.  I was getting eager to start-up the new engine and didn’t want to take any more time putting on plastics.  So with all the essential parts bolted in place, I’m ready to break in the 220.


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Before I put the carb on, I checked to see what jets I had in there the last time it was used on the 200.  155 main, 40 pilot and I set the clip 4 down on the DEK needle.  I knew the needle and main would be rich, but I didn’t want to take any chances during break in.


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Fresh gas, Yamalube mixed at 32:1 and the engine started on the 4th kick.  After letting it warm up until the radiators got hot, I got on the bike and took an easy ride for about 30 seconds just to make sure everything sounded good.  Then I rode it as hard as I could up and down the side yard for about 10 minutes.  The engine ran very well, but got a little smokey near WOT.  I figured that was a combination of the rich jetting and the excess premix I dumped into the bottom end during assembly.

I parked the bike and noticed a small drip of anti-freeze.  I traced that back to a hose clamp that I didn’t have tightened down enough.  While I was at it, I pulled the slide and moved the clip up one position to lean it out a little.


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I started the bike up again to check to make sure I took care of the anti-freeze leak.  While the engine was warming back up, I checked to see if the 40 pilot jet was correct.  Turns out a 40 is too rich as I was about 2 1/4 turns on the air screw to get the highest idle.  A 38 pilot is on the shopping list now.

I did a couple of laps around the yard and the change to the needle definitely made a positive change.

I figured any more riding today would be pressing my luck with the neighbors.  Tomorrow will be plastics and messing around with the Rekluse.


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