Just my 2 cents, but... When I start mine I use the following procedure: Cold start - Choke out. Couple of twists of the throttle. Slowly kick over to find "1st hard spot". Pull decomp lever. Ease over "1st hard spot". Continue slow kick till I find "2nd hard spot (not as hard)". Decomp in. Ease over hard spot by pushing kick lever only an inch or 2 down. Release decomp. Allow kick start lever to return to top of stroke and GO. Usually starts first kick. Allow to run on choke 20 seconds, give it a blat and push choke in. Hot start - Same kick procedure (find 2nd hard spot) only instead with hot start knob out. Fires up first kick. Quick blat, push in hot start. Hope this helps, it's far easier than trying on the "1st hard spot".