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Rx 100 reverse start

I recently bought a rx 100 used,without the magneto plate and flywheel.found an original plate but used another flywheel .so i took the bike to a mechanic to install the parts ,he told me that the crankshaft bearings needed replacing .when he replaced the bearings and mounted the engine .however when he tried to start the bike ,he said that it is starting in reverse.can anyone help?

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Make a couple of calls to different Kawasaki dealers in your area. Ask what direction the flywheel is supposed to turn when the engine is running. Chances are the mechanic is seeing a directional arrow on the odd-lot flywheel when the correct flywheel has the arrow going the other direction. Put the bike on the centerstand. Start the engine and put it in first gear. The sprocket should be turning counter clockwise.

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