Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Darke County Ohio
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You should be able to engage the clutch and roll the bike around. Be aware that the kick starter is engaged to the transmission at this point and that is not good. If you want to evaluate the bike to see if it is a keeper,here is where to start. First off,you are gonna need that electric starter to work because a bike that has been stored for years will leave you frustrated without that starter working.
First,check for frozen pistons. Remove the sparkplugs to take the compression off the engine. Put a little quality penetrating oil in the spark plug holes and turn the engine over by holding in the clutch and turning the nut that is located under the left cover where the stator [generator] lives. If it turns,your pistons are not stuck. However,we must still work around the fact that your kickstarter is probably "stuck" to the transmission.Remember to hold the clutch in at all times when doing any tests!
Now,that electric starter might work if we bypass a couple of storage issues. Old stored bikes are subject to a little corrosion on the connections between the starter button and wiring harness,so we need a quick test . The quickest test is to wire the positive post of a battery directly to the starter cable and use another heavy wire to ground the negative post to engine. Just touch it to the engine,and if it spins, you are on your way. Of course,remember to hold the clutch in when you do this test, because of your kickstarter. You can also quickly test the starter solenoid. there are 2 little lead wires on the solenoid that operate it. The black wire goes to the + terminal of the battery,and the red and yellow lead goes to ground. If the solenoid clicks,it should be OK. Of course,you will need some small test leads with alligator clips to do this test.
If you do not want to buy a motorcycle battery for now, just make some heavy test leads. I used old #12 stranded extension cord and wired all 3 wires to an eye connector and used a spare car battery.
I am sorry that I do not know more about kick starters,but since I have a 1974 CB 360, at least I can try stuff out on my bike for you to see what is "normal" for your bike
There is also some good info about "troubleshooting a bike that will not start" on dansmc.com. My bike sat for 20+ years in a barn,so let's hope that yours still has some life in it. Good luck.