YZ426F- STILL a sonofagun to start

Yeah, I was gonna mention the valve clearances also. I always have used the EXACT method you described in the OP and my bike always started 1-2 kicks.

If any of my idiot friends decided to hop on my bike, they always gave it throttle, and completely pissed me off, because that usually meant that I had to change the plug. That accelerator pump (even with the BK mod) would foul the plug immediately.

Oh, and I don't think you want to go for a crazy, hard, kick. Just nice and smooth all the way to the bottom, with some steady force behind it....

My 02' yz250f had the same symptoms until I reshimmed the valves. If it hasn't been done, it's way, way overdue. And I also used to give mine a couple blips of the throttle If it's cold, and hasn't been started for awhile. In fact, I believe the factory manual states to do it in cold weather conditions. I'll have to check, before I put my foot in my mouth though! :)

Here it is in the Yamaha Factory Manual for anyone who cares: This is out of the manual for the 01' yz250f and the 01'yz426f.

Starting a cold engine

Air temperature = less than

5 °C (41 °F)

Throttle Operation

Open 3

or 4 times

Cold Start

ON

Hot Start

OFF

*Operate Throttle before starting

On page 60, (section 1-15)

Oh, and I don't think you want to go for a crazy, hard, kick. Just nice and smooth all the way to the bottom, with some steady force behind it....

If you stage the kick start the way Dr. D and I explained it, that's true, because you basically just have to push it over the top and it will start. If you do it the old school way, you will have to apply enough force to drive it through the next compression stroke, which is not an easy thing.

BTW, the bit about twisting the throttle is to prime a COLD engine, and should not be used when the engine is warmed up or hotter.

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