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Old 07-24-2018, 10:30 AM
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I have 2004 kawaskii kx250f just bought it a week ago and it's my first bike. I watched some videos on how to kick start a bike but with mine it is taking probably 10 kicks when its hot and 30 minimum when its cold. So I'm thinking it might be out of tune but I have no idea how to check any of that. Or I might not be at TDC like I think I am. When I cold start it I close the choke, turn the idle up, give it a few blips on the throttle and then start kicking it from where I feel TDC is. I don't have the clutch, throttle, or the hot start in when I am kicking it from cold. It is in neutral when I start kicking it. The guy I bought it from started it in like 3 kicks from cold so I don't think its a tuning thing, but something could always have happened. I was just posting on here to hopefully get some advice, maybe I'm just doing something wrong.
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Old 07-24-2018, 11:26 PM
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I am not a 4 stroke guy but i would go on u tube maybe find some info on how to start it.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:13 AM
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Most likely suspect is the valves need adjusted. If you're mechanically inclined there should be lots of YouTube info on that.
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Most likely suspect is the valves need adjusted. If you're mechanically inclined there should be lots of YouTube info on that.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:20 PM
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Also don't forget to twist the throttle a few times when the bike is cold, this will shoot raw fuel into the combustion chamber and it should fire within 3 kicks, when the bike is hot use the hot start or open the throttle just a tad and I think you will find it will also start within a few kicks. Provided the valves are in spec!
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Back in the day I'd always lean the bike over until the carb started to overflow. Then I'd twist the throttle several times. That really depended on the bike. Had a couple that only needed one twist and then had a yamaha that needed 8. Then I'd kick it from TDC. Some bikes you can't give it any throttle when you kick it and some you need to. Just got to find the trick. If nothing works....well, check the valves like mentioned above.
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