Right so before i start this is my first post, i have used this site alot for reference and think its great but apologize in advance for any stupid comments/questions and thank you in advance for your time and advice. So i have just bought my first thumper, have been a sports bike an 2 stroke man before this but here we are and i love this bike. It is a headache to start though, When i purchased the bike it didnt run, had majorly old fuel in it which smelt not of this world, the plug was wet, cylinder was wet, oil was murky, exhaust had water in it and a huge split. SO i flushed and replaced oil and filter, drained and cleaned tank, drained carb at float, cleared cylinder, left to dry, fixed weld in exhaust, and replaced the plug. Now after all of this and a fortnight of learning the starting technique i was getting the bike started but not after 50 kicks and being to exhausted to even ride! im a shorter guy at 5'10 and 70kg its harder for me. I thought it was pretty awesome after riding for the last 2-3 weeks getting good air having good fun, but watching my uncle start his bike (01 426f) with but a ease of a stoke on the kick and me having to jump in the air and slam the kick down like a lion some 15-20 times before it starts i thought there had to be an issue. I tried the next day at 7am cold motor, and i started his 1st kick with no choke!! so i know i have the procedure down, so i try my bike, after an hour or so it wouldnt start so i gave up, plug still mint and clean, nice tan, carb has gas, good spark..... After reading through here i have decided to clean my carb, take it right apart and reset according to factory, figured out quite a few jets were blocked up, also the accelerator pump diapraghm has fallen to pieces, so new one of them ordered, next is checking resistence in electrics i guess and valve clearance. Any other thoughts as to what it might be other then that? any recomendations or other fix's to the carb anyone can reccomend while i have it off (bearing in mind i am in new zealand, slightly cooler temps and more moisture in air) Also i have been told replace oil every 4 hours so i have been, and filter every 3 changes, manual refers to "races" how long is a race? i ride about 3-4 hours everytime i go out so just always do one.. Honestly any tips or any info please do let me know, i have read through this site for the last two weeks looking for stuff but always seem to find myself in slightly the wrong catogory or cant relate. Thanks Again in advance for any help everyone.