Motorcycle Repair/350cc banshee

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I was riding the other day an I was hiring donuts an wen I came out the dirt the bike stopped an the kick start won't move but yu can move in an out of gear so I wanted to knw is it my pistons blown or wat cuz the bike still moves into gear but won't start

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Sounds like a seized engine... pistons or crankshaft blow-up. The engine is separated from the transmission by the clutch. If the clutch blows up, that could be an issue, as well, but if the kickstarter is frozen, it sounds serious. Some engines require the clutch to be engaged in order to turn the engine over and some don't. I don't know anything about these vehicles. Pull the dyno cover off so you can put a wrench/socket on the end of the rotor. If it doesn't turn, your engine is the issue. If it does, then the clutch might be at fault.

Look for Banshee forums to help you with more clues about what goes wrong with these engines.

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.

Experience

I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

Organizations
VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

Publications
VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

Education/Credentials
3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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