I know some of the CRF250s are cranky or difficult to start and it depends on the years. My 2012 takes 20-30 kicks to start on a cold day (40 degrees F or less) and even 10 on a nice day when the machine is cold. I read the FAQs and did the following as part of my winter maintenance and was hoping to improve my starting: NEW Twin Air filter right out of the bag pre-oiled NEW spark plug Adjusted valve lash to .005 intake, .009 exhaust Cleaned the coil, wire and connections thoroughly. This is an EFI engine and I do not understand why it would be finicky. No amount of throttle twisting is going to do anything since these do not have an accel pump. After this maintenance I have exactly the same problem! My starting procedure cold - pull out fast idle knob, slow kick 3-4 times to prime fuel pump, get kick lever back to TDC, kick reasonable speed (not a fast kick like a two stroke). I have read all sorts of non-sense about blip the throttle three times, hold it open a smidge etc. Just seems like this is masking a problem that could be addressed or they are old wives tails. Once it fires you are good to do - settles down and idles great on fast idle for 30-60 seconds push in knob. Runs like an animal I love this thing. Just a beast to start. I did not do the de-compression mod that seems to be an '06-'08 era mod but maybe I am incorrect. Thanks!