Once you learn the "drill", and assuming the valves are in spec and jetting is correct, starting the 426 is simple and becomes second nature. ...... I have no problems starting the 426, 2-3 kick cold, 1-2 kicks hot.
Not always. Mines a '00 and been a pig from new. I've had people walk over to me like I'm a thumper newbie who also can't start it. "Mine fire on first or second kick yada yad....." I've had the bike over 5 years. It was worse in the beginning, then found out the HT lead was fractured.
Usually its ok cold, ok hot. It if its been sitting 5 maybe 10 minutes. NO system seems to work.
The bike is also ok if its used on a regular basis, but if I go away for 5 or six weeks that bike just will not start. New plug wont work, I just have to kick and kick and kick. It may take 50 /60 kicks over a couple of days. When it finally fires it does so for a couple of seconds and dies. Then again and again. Then it will fire. I can ride for an hour, shut it down and it'll restart first kick.
They vary alot in my experience