After spending most of the day working on the ’65 Honda project, I got to a point where I could give it a test start. I still had some work to do, so it wasn’t yet road worthy, but the electrical system was completely working. The engine had spark, and the spark was timed.
I put just enough fuel in the tank to fill the carburetor. I switched the petcock to ‘reserve’ and let the fuel flow to the carburetor. I set the choke, turned the key, then pressed the starter button. The engine cranked for a few seconds, kicked a few times, then roared to life. It sounded great. I let it run for about 2 minutes, but then noticed that fuel was dripping, so I shut it down.
Fuel was indeed dripping from the rebuilt petcock, and again from the carburetor’s overflow tube. Apparently I still have some work to do. Once the fuel leaks are addressed, I still have a few hours of work to do before the bike takes to the road for the first time, but today was a big step forward. This was the first time this engine has run since 1983.
Below is a picture after the engine test. The seat and several parts are not yet mounted.