Does anyone else actually like their decompression lever?? Or am I just wierd?
Posted May 21, 2008 - 10:12 AM
As long as I follow the starting routine the decompression lever makes my 400 the easiest bike I own to start. The same resistance everytime I kick it. No kicks starting halfway through a stroke. It also makes it much easier to clean out if I crash and it floods. Pull in the lever, a few EASY kicks, do the routine and it starts. No other 4-stroke that I have ridden starts as consistently as my 400 with the kick starter. Granted the magic button is nice, but I'd rather not deal with all the extra weight.
I wish my new 250F had a decompression lever.
Posted May 21, 2008 - 11:13 AM
I love mine too, simple, effective and lets me find TDC every time, also makes starting easier that trying to start a bike that's got forced low compression due to the auto decomp.
Posted May 21, 2008 - 02:11 PM
Why kick it when you can roll it?
Posted May 21, 2008 - 09:00 PM
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Posted May 22, 2008 - 12:40 AM
I rather spend my money on other goddies than on shifting cam just for autodecomp.
Posted May 22, 2008 - 02:02 AM
Posted May 22, 2008 - 03:29 AM
1991cbr600f2 I loved it on my 83 Xr 500r , Boy that really helped alot for starting it. But my 07 wr 450, kicks so easy (when I kick it) its like my old 89 xr 250 was. So I think I have only used it once for gigles. Its unneeded on my bike IMHO even if it didn't have a magic button. But its great for clearing a flooded bike though, so I guess I'll keep it just in case.
Not sure what you're trying to say here, but an 07 WR450 only has a hot start.....
Posted May 23, 2008 - 08:13 PM
Was thinking there for a moment you'd have a mean kick on you dude, i can't move my kicker without decomp on a 426, but an auto decomp on the `07 450 would sound right... not much of a mechanic but wouldn't electric start always have an auto decomp? don't shoot me if i'm a dumb ass, i'm no mechanic.
Posted May 24, 2008 - 07:30 PM
#1 - Sometimes the engine gets hung up on a compression stroke and the auto decomp isn't activated. The electric start can't spin the engine and I have to flip out the lever and hammer on it a few times to get it to loosen up. This happens in my Sunday ride video.
With the manual decomp you never get that problem.
#2 - Last weekend I was heading down a steep slope. I got off and was walking the bike over a rocky section. The front brake only wouldn't hold the bike so I shut off the engine and popped the bike in 1st and planned to use the engine/clutch as a rear brake. I was easing tghe bike along, it started to get away, and I let the clutch out for dead engine braking. I got a big surprise when the engine bump started and took off.
It's impossible to bump start my 400 in 1st gear, especially without rider weight. If you do this with your autodecomp, make sure you shut the ignition switch off, don't just kill the engine with the button.
Posted May 24, 2008 - 07:44 PM
I thought about leaving the lever on but decided not to and I don't miss it. If I hadn't started the racing thing I would probably still have the lever.