Motorbikes does have problems (was Erlang does have problems)

Michael McDaniel <>
Wed Aug 30 17:32:33 CEST 2006


 Starting technique quite reminds me of my old British Small Arms
 Victor 441cc thumper.  No longer have it, gave it to a friend
 for his birthday some time ago.  I witnessed similar starting 
 experiences with people who thought it should be easy to start
 (won at least one bet, too!).  Easy once you understand ...

 Looking forward to your new book, Joe!

~Michael


On Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 08:57:01AM +0200, Joe Armstrong (TN/EAB) wrote:
> 
> Hi Michael,
> 
> You're right my Royal Enfield Bullet is an absolute bugger to start.
> 
> << if you're good you can have a try when you come to the Erlang
> conferense >>
> 
> It also half crippled Mike Williams (one of the Erlang fathers)
> who thought he would demonstrate how to kick start a 550 cc single
> cylinder
> machine, he used to ride a matchless so he thought he knew what he was
> doing ...  
> 
> It took about a year to be able to start it.
> 
> Here's the correct technique:
> 
> 	1) fuel on
> 	2) full choke
> 	3) Depress valve lifter and kick slowly six times
> 	   (to fill the carburettor with gas)
> 	5) Depress valve lifter
> 	6) Move kick start to just beyond top dead centre
> 	7) Release valve lifter
> 	8) Depress kick start by about 15% until you feel
> 	   some resistance
> 	9) Twist gas control by about 20%
> 	10) Put one foot on kick start, other on ground
> 	11) Hold *both* handle bars, while, maintaining 9)
> 	12) Throw yourself into air
> 	13) Land on kick start, with the "kick from hell"
> 	    making sure that you "follow through" ie the final resting
> 	    position of the kick start is when it bumps
>           into the foot rest
> 
> If you do all of the exactly right - then it will start on the fist
> kick.
> 
> Now this technique took about a year to learn.
> 
> By comparison installing and starting PHP, Apache and Mysql is really
> easy.
> 
> And yaws is much easier
> 
> /Joe
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:  
> > [mailto:] On Behalf Of Mickael Remond
> > Sent: den 29 augusti 2006 22:26
> > To: Joel Reymont
> > Cc: Dmitrii Dimandt; Thomas Lindgren; Erlang-Questions Mailing List
> > Subject: Motorbikes does have problems (was Erlang does have problems)
> > 
> > Hello Guys,
> > 
> > You know what ?
> > I have heard that motorbikeis are difficult to drive. I even 
> > happen to know a Nobel Prize that cannot manage to drive his 
> > brand new motorbike. 
> > He his now seriously thinking about buy a Lincoln town car 
> > with driver.
> > 
>  



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