Subject:RE: engine timing Date:Thu Aug 4 20:45:56 2011
Response to:16169
the original factory timing mark is scribed into the base plate and the plate which holds the point, the two lines should line up, if you have a Rider's Handbook there is a good photo in it which shows that. Looking into the inspection cover the lines are at about the 3 oclock position towards the front of the bike. Kicking back is usually the result of timing that is too far advanced, so retarding it may correct the problem. Make sure you set the point gap first, before adjusting the timing, gap should be exactly .020

Engine kicks back often when starting, but runs good. Should I advance are retard the timing?