On the old pilot models,it takes a while to get the air out of the system.Lots of old timers used a propane torch to light the pilot and heat up the thermocouple because it allows the main valve to open and purge the system right away.Once the lines are cleared of air,they pretty much just keep on working.There is probably an on/off switch under your thermostat that needs to be switched on.As soon as you crank up the stat so it's calling for heat,the fan motor runs.The fan motor also provides combustion air,so it won't light without the fan running and tripping the sail switch.There is also a time delay built into the controller so the fan won't come on for maybe 15-30 seconds.
I need to shut the fuel valve on mine too.Bouncing on the road is enough to flood the carb if the valve is left open.On the carb,there is a hidden low speed jet under the plastic cap by the choke on top.You need to pull the plastic cap off to get to the jet and blow it out with compressed air.The cap goes right back on after cleaning.That will solve your starting issues.
Thanks, I'll make note of that for when I put it in storage for winter.
Speaking of winter, what is your crankshop 1000 in? Drag sled? Trail sled? Do you go to the UP much? I trail ride an XCR800 and just got an M20 Airwave skid to put in. I know summer is short, but I'm already looking forward to winter!
Drag sleds.Prostock 1000 cc. Just a hobby runs 5.40 seconds at 125 mph 1/8 mile on ice.Useed to go on a 10 day trip from the bridge to Newberry,to Copper Harbor,to Hurley Wisconsin,to Mackinac Island and back to the bridge.Haven't done that in about ten years,kind of got out of trail riding when everybody thought they needed to run the trails at 75mph.