Yeah I chased all the wires with my volt meter and even a test light and everything works yet doesn't work when all plugged together which is why I gave up lol I think what I might do is completely redo the wiring so that the key switch and starter system are all new/separate with brand new solenoid etcGood to hear it running even if you started it without the button.
I have had a few challenges with the with the harness on my project, but most of the time the issues are with things that plug into the harness or the person that is doing the plugging and unplugging.
Use your voltmeter, test light and a schematic to scare most of the problems away.
Congrats again on first firing. Sounds good !
Looks good! I'd bet that the carb needs a good cleaning - assuming it's the carb that came with the engine, it should be jetted close enough - and much more likely to need a good bath after sitting.... it doesn't want to rev up without the choke so would I be right in thinking this is a jetting issue in the carb ?
I did completely strip n clean the carb in order to get it running in the bike before removing the engine, my reasoning behind questioning the jet was because I've removed all the factory air intake etc so running a k&n cone filter so thought more air could be leaning it out ?Looks good! I'd bet that the carb needs a good cleaning - assuming it's the carb that came with the engine, it should be jetted close enough - and much more likely to need a good bath after sitting.