Heard a lot about this 'big deal ??' since reading the site...my 2 'centimes' worth (I'm in Switzerland...) So far HOT or COLD 90% success rate first kick, max 3 kicks. I use the hot & cold choke as appropriate. I wont bore you with the whole procedure (which is oft repeated in the forum), but the difference the dealer/rider told me that I dont think I read in this forum is.... Either HOT or COLD just prior to the final KICK, 1) decompress and push the kick lever down JUST past the top of the stroke & hold position 2) Let go of the decompression lever 3) Kick down like hell Oh yeah, turn the gas OFF when you finish riding.