YZ250 2-stroke hard to kick start (for me at least)

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Definitely was technique. Spent all day riding yesterday and I never had to kick more than twice. I just slowly push the kicker about 80% down then lift it back up and give it a nice hard kick and boom it starts right up.

Running great too, but I ate it pretty hard. Was trying to do a wheelie and didn't expect it to kick up so hard and I flipped backwards. Ended up snapping off the left pedal and shifter and cracked the back fender in pieces :(

I replaced the shifter but now I gotta get a pedal :) Oh well, I'm just glad I know how to start it now ;) Thanks for the tips guys.

EDIT: took a pic (bad cell phone, ick):

 
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So I've got a 1988 YZ250, everything on it works fine and it runs fine (when it starts). The issue is I can't seem to kick start it easily, it takes me forever and I just cant seem to get the "trick" down. Everyone but me that has tried to kick start it does it fine. Seriously, one kick and they get it going-- these are all seasoned riders though and I'm just beginning. I can't see what I'm doing differently, I kick just as hard yet it doesn't like to start for me.

My question is, is there anything I can do make it easier? Any tricks I should know about? It just seems like this dirt bike has a soul and it just doesn't like me. I find it so odd that everyone but myself can start it without issue.

I was at Carnegie a week ago, sitting at the snack shop trying to kick start it. I'd say a crowd of about 20 people or so are standing around giving me tips and helping me out, but for the life of me I couldn't start it. A guy walks up, kicks it once and hilarity ensues. Feel my frustration. :bang:
He long gone now! LOL! Uh, kick starting a bike is as important as riding, no run no ride. LOL! Lets see, 2fiddy 2 stroke, roll the starter with your tootsie until its get to top dead center, that's when mr piston get tight up in dat combustion chamber. The kick starter will tell you a story about resistance, once its nice and solid, give it a good boot, and if you have your choke set and fuel petcock on you in da bidness. LOL, funny old post. I start to wonder if folks should really own motor-cycles iffin they cant figure em out, Haaa! 9dd7d1ec53dd8444b0b6e0a3e4764afb.jpg
 
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Definitely was technique. Spent all day riding yesterday and I never had to kick more than twice. I just slowly push the kicker about 80% down then lift it back up and give it a nice hard kick and boom it starts right up.

Running great too, but I ate it pretty hard. Was trying to do a wheelie and didn't expect it to kick up so hard and I flipped backwards. Ended up snapping off the left pedal and shifter and cracked the back fender in pieces :(

I replaced the shifter but now I gotta get a pedal :) Oh well, I'm just glad I know how to start it now ;) Thanks for the tips guys.

EDIT: took a pic (bad cell phone, ick):

Blue seat? If it has inverted forks, if it is 89 an up it could be a rare WR-250, good grief man, restore that machine! It is one awesome ride! Wow! 75.jpg Old post, I know, but if he kept it, man o' man!