How hard is it to kick start a WR400?
Posted February 18, 2005 - 09:05 PM
How difficult is it to start cold/hot?
Rare CA plated version........
Posted February 18, 2005 - 09:40 PM
J/K man, I just picked up a 426 and it was interesting to get started to say the very least. Its all about technique and sequence. My search on this breed of yami brought me across many posts explaining some good tricks. I suggest you try the same.
Posted February 18, 2005 - 09:56 PM
Posted February 18, 2005 - 10:22 PM
I've got a 426, but cant imagine the 400 being much different.
If it isnt tuned properly, it's damn near impossible.
It'll start hot or cold 1st kick. Mine will even start with me sitting down on the seat if I put enough effort into it.
Even after it's been dropped, hold it WOT with decomp in and hotstart out, kick it over a few times to vent the chamber, then away you go. barp barp barp barp.
The only time it can be difficult is when you are stuck 1/2 way up a steep slippery hill, but any bike is going to be a apain in these conditions.
Posted February 18, 2005 - 11:49 PM
Apart from the routine, the secret is to kick solidly all the way through. I am only a lightweight bloke and can only reach the ground on my toes while seated, but I fire it up without any trouble at all.
Find TDC, push an inch past with decomp, return starter to top, then kick right through to the end of the stroke.
Posted February 19, 2005 - 07:17 AM
Posted February 19, 2005 - 07:25 AM
Looking at a 99 MY, no majoc button.
How difficult is it to start cold/hot?
Not hard at all. Just remember not to give it any throttle. The accelerator pump will flood the cylinder immediately.
Cold: Pull the choke out, pull the decomp lever in and kick through once or twice, kick until it gets to TDC, pull the decomp lever in and lightly push the kicker down about 1" -2", then release and kick through smooth and steady.
Hot: Same as above, no choke and definitely no throttle. The hot start really isn't needed unless you've dropped it.
Since you're buying used I'd check & clean/change the plug at the very least. It'll fire much easier. You'll figure it out.
Posted February 19, 2005 - 09:12 AM
As long as it isnt a big PITA even when you get it figured out, I should be fine.
The guy is asking 3600 for a 99 WR400F, CA plates, he says its super clean, but thats TBD.
Posted February 19, 2005 - 02:04 PM
You kick slowly till you hit the compression, pull the decompression lever slightly, then push the kickstarter down about 2 inches. Mine has kind of a solid feel at that point. I then release the decomp lever and bring the kick start lever back up and give a good, firm kick. It always starts on the 1st kick unless it's 45 degrees or below.
Bought a new 01' 426 last June. Made me stress out after I bought it because I could not start it (30 min., 45 min, sometimes not at all) BUT I found out that I DID NOT NEED TO TWIST THE THROTTLE FIRST LIKE MY OLD XR!
Now I do the routine listed above and it fires first or second kick every time. Some people say to pull in the decomp lever and kick it a few times "to prime the cylinder" but I never had any luck doing this so I don't. I figure it either starts on the first kick or the first kick will act as a "primer" and then it starts on the second. After flooding it so much when I first got it (from twisting the throttle) I am a little gun-shy about flooding it.
BUT since I do drain the carb after riding each time I do wait about 20 seconds after I turn the fuel peecock (sp?) to on before I try to start it. Supposedly this lets the gas down into the carb.
If you follow the same routine listed above it should fire on the first or second..maybe third kick.
By the way, I LOVE MY 426! I am absolutely, postively sure that Yamaha custom made this bike just for me!!!
Posted February 19, 2005 - 02:07 PM
No matter how bad you want to give it a twist, avoid that m/f like the PLAGUE!!! Grab the break box instead!
Posted February 19, 2005 - 02:26 PM
Posted February 19, 2005 - 06:18 PM
Except for a couple of twists before kicking when its the first start of the day .
Posted February 19, 2005 - 06:23 PM
You kick slowly till you hit the compression, pull the decompression lever slightly, then push the kickstarter down about 2 inches. Mine has kind of a solid feel at that point. I then release the decomp lever and give a good, firm kick. It always starts on the 1st kick unless it's 45 degrees or below.
And no throttle while kicking it over!
Posted February 19, 2005 - 10:49 PM
Posted February 22, 2005 - 02:50 PM
only starting problems i have is starting when cold whith my buggs bunny slippers!
Posted February 23, 2005 - 07:53 AM
Posted February 23, 2005 - 08:40 AM
thats all fine fellow blue riders, but could I be told of procedure if for some reason your decomp cable snapped?
Step 1. Curse loudy. If in woods, scream obscenities at motorcycle until assistance arrives.
Step 2. Put bike in neutral, & get a tow back to the truck.
Step 3. Load bike in truck, drive home.
Step 4. Purchase auto decomp exhaust cam & don't forget the decomp lever plug from the TT store.
Step 5. Offer up auto decomp exhaust cam & decomp lever plug to WR.
Step 6. Inspect remaining cables (clutch, throttle, hot start if applicable) on motorcycle & pay better attention to them before future rides.