I hope it is just my starting technique that is causing the problem, but my bike is WAY to hard to start when cold. After the thing has been ran it is pretty easy to start, but it still is the worst bike I've ever owned when it comes to cranking it. When cold I've tried a few methods attempting to find out what the best method is. 1. No choke, no shot of gas. Bike will whirl until the battery starts dying out. 2. Choke it, no shot of gas. Kinda hit and miss here. Has worked on occassion, and at times get the same result as above. 3. Choke it, one quick shot of gas. Seems to be the best method, but it still whirls entirely to long. Has intermittent puffs and pops out the exhaust. 4. No choke, couple quick shots of fuel. About the same as throwing the dice at Harrah's, you never know what you're gonna get. Will it be 7,11, or the dreaded snake-eyes. Once again, this is when the bike is cold. When the thing has been ran any at all it seems as if it will consistently crank about the same. Even then though I feel as if the starter is working overtime. My carb is stock other than the modified throttle stop. I haven't turned the first screw on the thing, and really don't want to have to go real deep into the thing unless it is absolutely necessary. I will be happy with just an improvement at this point because I really want to ride the thing instead of wrench on it. I've only had the thing for two weeks, it ain't even dirty!!!