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matts06yzf

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Why is the thing so hard to start? Is it a new bike thing probably only has 45mins on it. I have to kick kick kick. I have never bought a brand new bike so whats the scoop?

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Why is the thing so hard to start? Is it a new bike thing probably only has 45mins on it. I have to kick kick kick. I have never bought a brand new bike so whats the scoop?

Are you following the procedure? Just past top dead center and jump on the starter with all your weight?

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Are you following the procedure? Just past top dead center and jump on the starter with all your weight?

Personally, I wouldnt do that, not required and probably a little hard on things.

Are you refering to when it's cold? Usually choke on, a couple twists of the throttle to prime and kick through with no throttle will light mine in the first couple kicks.

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i noticed i when i had my bike new it takes a bit of breaking in, and after a few rides the motor 'frees up' it turns over eaiser

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I know how to start a damn bike had them my whole life just never had a brand new 4 stroke. 06 was used when I bought it. Thanks guys

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check you idle.. it may be set low.. my 07 was like this.. a half turn it fired right up.

This was the case with my '06 too and my '08...turn the idle up a hair.

i noticed i when i had my bike new it takes a bit of breaking in, and after a few rides the motor 'frees up' it turns over eaiser

Also true...

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It's just a new bike thing. Every new bike I've ever had is hard to start the first few times out (my '08 450 is no different). After a few rides you'll forget you ever had a problem...

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Are you following the procedure? Just past top dead center and jump on the starter with all your weight?
Still using manual decompression, eh? The 450 has no such "procedure"; you just kick them. Figuring out the balance of idle speed, fuel mix, choke/no choke, etc. is all the mystery there is to them.

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I am new to the 450 world too. The first day it took about 10 kicks, then I was almost too tired to ride. :thumbsup: Lot harder to kick then a 2 stroke. Now it starts on the first or second kick when cold, :thumbsup: and first kick when warm. :thumbsup: For cold starts I pull the cold start button on the side of the carb. and when hot pull in the hot start lever on the bars, and away we go. I forgot to tell my Boyfriend about the hot start lever the first time he rode it (he's used to electric start and 4 wheels) and it about wore him out tring to start it. :worthy:

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My yz250f was very hard to start when it was new. Getting the fuel screw set properly helped it a lot. But, it still usually requires 3-4 kicks. My new 07 450 almost always starts the first kick. Also, it seems every bike seems to have a "trick" . Some like 1 twist of the throttle when cold and some like 3 twists. Sometimes the hard part is finding the "trick".

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When cold, pull choke on, pull start lever on bars. No need to kick hard. Couple kicks will fire it up...:thumbsup:

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I just twist the throttle 3 times, pull in the hot start (engine hot or cold) and kick away.

If you need to use the hot start on a cold engine, wouldn't this indicate a very rich fuel mixture?

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