Unfortunately, build problems, compounded by a very tight time line, meant the bike wasn’t ready to test on the first day. One interesting issue revealed in the latest hour was simply starting the beast! With a 15.0:1 compression ratio, the engine won the arm-wrestling match versus the starter rollers positioned under the rear tire—it would not bump-start, even in top gear. The creative solution was installing the starter motor in the engine, with a high-current connector plugged into an external pair of car batteries wired in series for a 24-volt, high-amperage jolt. Clear!