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Hi their I have a 1988 ktm 500 having seriouse trouble starting

Hi their I have a 1988 ktm 500 having seriouse trouble kick starting it , is there a trick to this , a set way ,it cant be this hard thankyou . Turning fuel on choke on then kicking hard on full compression

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Put your whole weight on the kick starter...see it as jumpstarting

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