We were finished just before sundown, and the attendees came out to the parking lot. As I was gearing up, a couple of guys came over to look at the Norton. One was driving a late model hybrid car (some nameless Japanese ovoid); the other guy commented that he had a 2019 Honda bike, and he'd never seen a bike like mine before.
I got a few questions.
"What are you doing there?" "I'm kicking it through with the clutch in to make sure that the clutch plates are free".
"What's that lever you turned?" "That's the fuel valve - it's gravity feed into the the two carburetors".
"Why are you pushing those buttons?" "I'm priming the carburetors with the 'tickler' buttons, it lets some raw gas into the intake for a rich mixture."
"What's that?" "It's the choke lever for starting and cold running".
"Why are you kicking it slow?" "That's just a priming kick to get the rich mixture into the cylinders, no need in bashing it round to get that done, just turn the engine".
No more questions, because I turned the key on (they recognized that), kicked it, and off it went.
I wish I'd been on the M21, I could have explained the magneto advance/retard lever too.
It's amazing to think that the newer bikes with FI and EI and ECUs and stuff do all that work for you. If you didn't grow up with it, it all seems rather primitive, I suppose!