kickstarting '06 wr450


19 replies to this topic
  • simonreeves

Posted February 24, 2008 - 05:48 AM

#1

hope this is'nt a dumb question, & i have searched, but all the references to kickstarting seem to refer to older (i think) models with a manual decompression. These models seem straightforward enough but on my '06 i think it has an auto decompressor, so is there a procedure for kicking it? I normally use the electric start but on cold starts it sometimes struggles, especially if it hasn't been started for a few days. I usually kick it 'till i'm blue in the face, then give up & have to rely on the electric. ( i am using the choke & bike runs fine once started) Thanks for any info.

  • 2grimjim

Posted February 24, 2008 - 09:37 AM

#2

Kick it just like a 2-stroke but DON'T EVER open the throttle while trying to start it (even with the electric starter).

  • h20mn

Posted February 24, 2008 - 09:59 AM

#3

I have an 06 and when I kick start mine just for the hell of it. I open the throttle slowley half turn and then release it. always starts in maybe two or three kicks at the most. hope this help

  • simonreeves

Posted February 24, 2008 - 10:27 AM

#4

thanks for the replies guys, seems there's no great secret to it then, i'll just have to get a little fitter and try a little harder, quick twist on the gas and then just keep kicking (and don't touch throttle again) ! thanks.:smirk:

  • Justang

Posted February 24, 2008 - 10:34 AM

#5

My 05 kicks over in 1-2 kicks when cold. Most of the time it's one kick. The e-start does struggle when cold.

  • w00dsRider

Posted February 25, 2008 - 04:02 AM

#6

My 05 kicks over in 1-2 kicks when cold. Most of the time it's one kick. The e-start does struggle when cold.


I have an 06 it has auto-decompress and I to have to resort to the kick starter on cold mornings as well.
My routine:
Open petcock, turn the bike on, pull choke, crack the throttle open all the way three times at moderate speed, use the happy button without touching the throttle, for a few cranks if no joy crack the throttle open one or two more times and kick start. Rinse repeat as necessary.

I must admit that I do 'touch' the throttle a very little bit once in awhile but I have my idle set pretty low.

  • Justang

Posted February 25, 2008 - 08:31 AM

#7

Yeah, I to touch the throttle at times. 99% of the time I don't need too.
The 05's have auto decompress too. So much nicer than that manual decompress and sequence of starting we used to have to go through.

  • texas_hippie

Posted February 25, 2008 - 06:39 PM

#8

I have an 06 and when I kick start mine just for the hell of it. I open the throttle slowley half turn and then release it. always starts in maybe two or three kicks at the most. hope this help


Yep, that works for me!

  • brad the best

Posted February 25, 2008 - 10:10 PM

#9

personally if my bike is cold even if i flip the throttle i will kick it for 5 minutes or e-start for 20 seconds . however if i start off at tdc each time with the kick start it will start in about 10 kicks . i mean like -10 with out re-jetting and 10-30

so personally i always put it to TDC when i kick it and it usually fires fist kick in the summer .

  • ww44wrf450f

Posted March 05, 2008 - 09:17 PM

#10

if your having broblems starting may I suggest cleaning out the carb n jets is usually a good place to start? after cleaning mine it help 100%?

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  • Face plant

Posted March 06, 2008 - 12:32 AM

#11

[quote name='w00dsRider']I have an 06 it has auto-decompress and I to have to resort to the kick starter on cold mornings as well.
My routine:
Open petcock, turn the bike on, pull choke, crack the throttle open all the way three times at moderate speed, use the happy button without touching the throttle, for a few cranks if no joy crack the throttle open one or two more times and kick start.


Spot on.:eek:
Works every time with mine, even if it's been sitting for 2 weeks ( which sadly does happen sometimes:thumbsdn: ) it still works just like that.:thumbsup:

  • wr_matt

Posted March 06, 2008 - 12:45 AM

#12

The '07 is pretty similar.
Twist the throttle 2-3 times, open the choke and kick it over once or twice. Fires right up :thumbsup:

  • Eddie5150

Posted March 06, 2008 - 09:51 AM

#13

My 05 kicks over in 1-2 kicks when cold. Most of the time it's one kick. The e-start does struggle when cold.


Same thing with my '06.

eddie

  • ajetmech

Posted March 06, 2008 - 10:13 AM

#14

My 06 goes in 1-2 kick's. I had problems a few months back check the valves and re-shimmed the exhust side and no problems. If you got to kick that many times might be a good idea to check valve clearance. Did it myself as per the manual only took about 1 1/2 hours including a trip to buy shims. 7 bucks each. total cost was around 20 bucks including 2 shims, new gasket and a set of feeler gauges. Local bike shops want 150 to 200 plus 15 per shim. dont understand that part when they sell them outright at 7 each.

  • 123BigcoopDawg576

Posted March 06, 2008 - 10:16 AM

#15

My 06 goes in 1-2 kick's. I had problems a few months back check the valves and re-shimmed the exhust side and no problems. If you got to kick that many times might be a good idea to check valve clearance. Did it myself as per the manual only took about 1 1/2 hours including a trip to buy shims. 7 bucks each. total cost was around 20 bucks including 2 shims, new gasket and a set of feeler gauges. Local bike shops want 150 to 200 plus 15 per shim. dont understand that part when they sell them outright at 7 each.


i would agree....its all a rip off

  • jcorni

Posted March 06, 2008 - 10:24 AM

#16

What is a kick start lever :thumbsup:

  • dugabrams

Posted March 06, 2008 - 10:49 AM

#17

if your having broblems starting may I suggest cleaning out the carb n jets is usually a good place to start? after cleaning mine it help 100%?


More specifically the pilot jet, unless your '06 is a mess. If your jetting is good(ie pilot and maybe your starter jet) it should start very easily when kicked.

I had a similar but rare problem, turned out I wansn't getting good spark at low rpm due to a broken stator. Check your spark the old fasion way to eliminate any chance of electrical problems, and then move onto the jetting.

  • simonreeves

Posted March 06, 2008 - 12:24 PM

#18

thanks for the many replies guys, i must admit i've got kind of used to the easy button and haven't even looked at the kickstart lately. I'll put some of this advise into practice next chance i get ! Cheers.:thumbsup:

  • simonreeves

Posted March 15, 2008 - 10:33 AM

#19

i know it's not the worlds greatest achievement but it made me happy, haven't started her for 2 weeks so i thought it would be a good time to try the 'old-fashioned' method. fuel on, choke on, ignition on, 3 slow full twists of the throttle and kicked it good and solid, took 4 or 5 kicks but that was probably just my slightly rusty techniqe ! Thanks for all the input guys, now the worlds my oyster ! Sorry, getting carried away with my success.:confused:

  • simonreeves

Posted March 15, 2008 - 10:41 AM

#20

thanks Woodsrider, your routine seems good for me




 
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