Time to get more specific here. The long starter cranking times are only needed on my bike for cold starts. The warmer the ambient temp, the faster it starts. Once the bike's warmed up, it starts right up during the day. My cold start technique: When cold (and having set for a couple of weeks), what I do is turn the gas on, crack the throttle slightly a couple of times (not much at all), then wait about 1 minute. The idea is to get the carb primed. Then I open the choke, press the magic button, and slightly crack the throttle, then release once while its cranking. It usually starts after about 5-6 seconds max. And I do realize that jetting and valve adjustment will impact this. Unfortunately, even after a battery charge, my starter slows after 5-6 seconds. Whats the starting ritual for some of you severe cold weather guys?