Derek & dog, Just a note. All bikes have their quirks. I ride with a group of guys and there are 3 426's amongst us. No two of them are the same regarding starting. Mine floods occasionally. It has been jetted and set up by the YZF guru hisself Doug Dubach. He says that flooding can be the nature of the beast. It runs awesome but I had to learn what to do and what not to do. I always turn my gas off before stopping the motor. Even when taking a quick break. When the motor stops unexpectedly (read fall) then some times it will start right away and some times it won't. I know by the 4th kick. I took a 17mm wrench, cut off the open end and had a holster sewn in my boot to hold it. Takes me just a few secs to whip out the wrench, drain the bowl and be on my way. Just my dos pesos.