Today I registered to this forum and I finally found a 98' Yamaha WR400F bored .30 over for riding, so that's the good part! I was taught how to properly start a WR400F by the previous owner but I didnt take the time to really practice "his way" right after I test drove it. Instead I waited a few hours later and my friend suggested starting it "his way," which was the wrong way(i dont have much experience on bikes). Unfortunately my friend's technique was completely wrong as he repeatedly kicked over and over(WAy TO MANY TIMES), giving the kick lever a few inches of space between his foot, unable to start it. Eventually the return spring became weak it wouldnt return, my freind kicked it one last time and the inner crank case cover cracked but only where the lever is connected and bit further. Why did this happen exactly? He wasn't using the decompression lever, like I was told to, which my friend truely did not know how to use he thought by kicking it as hard as he could that he would start it(he is 6' 5" and used to own a Yz125). Now most likely the kickstarting assembly needs to be replaced and possibly more. There is a crack on the right side of the casing surrouning kick starter lever and most likely so will the kick starter shaft, again im not very familiar with the parts. Today i didnt take the time to realize that i have friends who give horrible "tips" and over all it was a crappy day because now i have to figure out exactly what is damaged and how much the part and labor will cost!
all i wanted was a bike to go riding ,which i could have, but not anymore. the worst part is im a college student and have no cash. i really hope not much more is damaged and i dont have to replace a bunch of other parts. i still have to have someone look at it! I might as well replace the engine with a new one..? i hope not
TODAY, my day went from great to very dissapointing
thankfully i look at the bright side of things. im gunna have new parts when i get everything fixed and will have a beast of a bike because the ONLY time that i rode it, i enjoyed it very much everything worked perfect and it soaked up every bump so smoothly as i ripped through the gears, i basically love the bike already! except now i cant ride it till i fix it. i cant wait to go ride!!=/
sorry for the long post, this is the beginning of MY riding experience....i will appreciate any advice from people on here!
Edited by 98wr400eff, December 18, 2010 - 04:11 AM.