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I have 2002 standard bullet. It takes 15-20 kicks to start. It stops sometime while running (feels like missing stroke). Please help.

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Most spark plug caps have a resister that can corrode or burn out. Replace your spark plug and your spark plug cap (it unscrews off of the end of the wire). NGK makes a suitable replacement for around $5. A bad plug cap can cause plug shorting and poor idle. This is a simple inexpensive place to start. If this does not help the next step is to check your electrical connections for the ignition. You could be dealing with a defective or dirty kill switch and/or ignition switch.

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Hello, I hope you can help. I have a 2009 Kawaski kx250 four stroke. It is VERY hard to kick start and sometimes will not at all. Once it gets running it runs great but if I turn it off (even after it...


There is a proper way to start the engine. Four controls are on your bike to assist in starting. Below are generic instructions.

  • The choke, used when the engine is cold. Pull the red knob for choke.
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4. kick smoothly all the way to the bottom. (takes very little effort)
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There is a proper way to start the engine. Four controls are on your bike to assist in starting.
  • The choke, used when the engine is cold. Pull the red knob for choke.
  • The " Hot Start " Lever, used when the engine is hot. Pull the lever to lean the fuel mix when the engine has been running.
  • The de-compression lever, always used.
  • The throttle, used to prime the cylinder.
Don't kick, instead, push the kick lever downward. You will feel the back pressure as the piston is going upward on the compression stroke to the point the pressure is great enough that the kick lever "locks up". You are very close to TDC. NOW, pull in the de-compression lever. Push the kick lever a little bit more to get the piston past TDC. Release the de-compression lever. Give the throttle a 1/4 turn then let it snap closed. A diaphragm in the carb gives a shot of gas when this is done. DO NOT do this multiple times because you will flood the engine. Leave the throttle closed when kicking. Give a strong kick through the full sweep of the kickstart lever. Quickly get your foot off the kick lever at the end of the kick to avoid any chance of "kickback" from a backfire. It can be very painful, and can even break a leg. I am serious about that. Repeat the process (but without the throttle priming), until the bike starts. A good battery, a clean spark plug, a clean carb and clean air filter will also aid in starting.

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