The first engine start is always a major milestone on a project. I usually perform this earlier in the build than I am on this project. But, my gas tank and the other parts that I had painted have been delayed coming back, so I’ve done everything else I can do until I got the gas tank in hand. This Friday, I picked it up and installed it.
I made a detailed check list prior to starting the engine so I wouldn’t forget something and improve the likelihood the engine will start.
Here is a link to the procedure I followed to prepare for the engine start, and how I performed the all important initial bedding in of the new piston rings with the new Nikasil coated cylinders.
I also made a summary video of the procedure and recorded the engine start.
VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS/RT First Engine Start