When I first got my '03 YZ450, I developed a routine that got it to start on the 3rd-5th kick pretty much every time. I would turn on the gas, lean it over till some dribbled out, give it one twist of the throttle, and kick. 3rd, 4th, 5th kick - success. That made me pretty happy after being friends with YZ426 owners. At some point, I put in a PowerNow and it started on the 1st or 2nd kick pretty much every time with the same routine. This made me VERY happy. Over time, it has gotten harder and harder to start. It got to where it was the 10th or 12th or more kick to get it fired up at the beginning of the day. After I get it going the first time, it starts easily the rest of the day. I did the valves a few weeks ago. Adjusted and cleaned the valves, new plug, new piston and rings, all the normal stuff. No change in starting behavior. The last couple of rides, I've had to push start it the first time. I typically twist the throttle once at the beginning of the day. This used to be very successful (as indicated above). Since I've been having trouble, I've tried no throttle, one twist, even two twists. I have friends who swear by 3 twists, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do that for fear I'd foul a plug. So I just find a hill and push start it. Any thoughts? What's your first-time-of-the-day routine? Any ideas on why it has gone from being a breeze to start to now I look for a hill to park on top of? Thanks.