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Cannot Kick 04 CRF250

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Bike will push start and runs fine but it's impossible to kick. With a push start, the bike runs and rides like normal. No clutch issues or shifting issues. I can force the kick starter down but it's a strain. I've pulled the outer case and the starter setup is correct. When I pull the clutch and basket the kicker is easily moved, but with the clutch assembly in place the problem comes back. I picked this bike up cheap as a project but I'm at a loss really as to what's going on. I will rebuild the entire bottom end if I have to but I dont want to miss something simple just because I'm not looking in the right place. Any advice is appreciated.

 

jeff

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Having a tough time with mine as well. 

 

However with all the people I spoke to i found out that your best bet is to start with a carb clean.

 

Clean well with carb cleaner and make sure to call your local dealer to have them order a new o ring set for it, you need to make sure they're no air leaks. 

 

If you have time while your bikes already apart, check valve clearance and buy yourself a shim kit for around $70-90 and feeler gauge. A lot of youtube videos can help explain how you find the right shim with giving you formulas etc... 

 

Hope this helps . 

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If you cant kick it through on the kickstart somethings is really wrong. Either the kicker is binding somewhere, or you have a main bearing or conrod bearing that is seizing up. I would remove the kickstart idler gear and then try and turn the engine over to see if it frees up.

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Why the hell do newbies keep reviving these old posts......

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