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First let me say that I now nothing about bikes. I have only driven one once but have decided it should be my new hobbie.

I bought a 2002 xr400. The guy I bought it from started it up in 5 kicks.

He did a couple of wimpy looking kicks then two hard ones and it started.

I have been kicking this dam thing for 3 days. I found this web sight and hopefully someone can help. My leg hurts. I mean my leg really hurts.

I know I must be doing some thing wrong but I dont know what.

I do know to turn the gas on and there is gas in the bike.

I know I sound stupid but this is all new to me...

Thanks in advance for any help.

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When starting, use the de-comp lever, its located under the clutch lever. Pull it in, give a few small kicks while giving it gas, then let out the de-comp lever, give it no gas, and give it a few kicks, this should work. If all else fails, pop start, start pushing it down a hill(or flat, but hills are easier), and pull in the clutch, put it in 2nd or 3rd gear, and let the clutch out.

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i own a 2002 xr40 as well.... they can be mean to start but.... put the choke on full and get it a couple 3 or 4 times using the compressrion lever then put the choke at half and kick it without using the lever and it should fire up in two or three kicks.....also a trick when it is cold to adjust the idle up higher

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1. Move choke lever all the way up (full choke).

2. Crank throttle wide open.

3. Pull decompression lever in (small black lever below clutch lever)

4. Kick completely through at least 5 kicks.

5. Release throttle to full off position.

6. Release decompression lever.

7. Kick slowly until you feel maximum resistance.

8. Pull decompression lever in and push kick starter down just a couple more inches.

9. Release decompression lever and let kick starter come back up to the top.

10. Give it a good full kick (no throttle!) and it should start.

Repeat steps 7 through 10 until it fires. If it fires and stalls, go back to step 1. It's really not that complicated once you do it a couple times.

Once it starts you may have to feather the throttle just a bit to keep it running. As soon as it is started put the choke lever at half choke position and let the bike warm up for a couple minutes. Once warm then move the choke to full off position (all the way down) and have a blast riding your XR400!

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1. Move choke lever all the way up (full choke).

2. Crank throttle wide open.

3. Pull decompression lever in (small black lever below clutch lever)

4. Kick completely through at least 5 kicks.

5. Release throttle to full off position.

6. Release decompression lever.

7. Kick slowly until you feel maximum resistance.

8. Pull decompression lever in and push kick starter down just a couple more inches.

9. Release decompression lever and let kick starter come back up to the top.

10. Give it a good full kick (no throttle!) and it should start.

Repeat steps 7 through 10 until it fires. If it fires and stalls, go back to step 1. It's really not that complicated once you do it a couple times.

Once it starts you may have to feather the throttle just a bit to keep it running. As soon as it is started put the choke lever at half choke position and let the bike warm up for a couple minutes. Once warm then move the choke to full off position (all the way down) and have a blast riding your XR400!

i think that may flood the bike.....i reccomend no throttle

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I wish I would have found this sight a lot sooner.

I found the choke and that lever.

I put the choke on held the lever gased it kick 3 times let every thing go

kick again and wam that dam thing I been kicking for three days started up.

ammmmmmmmmaazzzing.

thanks for helping me out.

Sorry in advance cause I know I will have more lack of knowledge questions.

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Cranking the throttle wide open and kicking through with the decomp lever pulled actually clears a flooded bike. Try it sometime when you dump your bike over and gas is running out the overflow tube. It makes it so much easier to start.

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xr400dropalot, I had those same questions about 9 months ago when I got my bike. The people on this site are very friendly and willing to help us newbies. I'm just glad I was able to help someone for once, instead of always asking the questions!

Now go ride that beast! :cry:

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Cranking the throttle wide open and kicking through with the decomp lever pulled actually clears a flooded bike. Try it sometime when you dump your bike over and gas is running out the overflow tube. It makes it so much easier to start.

hmmm ok.....when i clear mine out i use no throttle and the compression lever.....i'll that next time

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I wish I would have found this sight a lot sooner.

I found the choke and that lever.

I put the choke on held the lever gased it kick 3 times let every thing go

kick again and wam that dam thing I been kicking for three days started up.

ammmmmmmmmaazzzing.

thanks for helping me out.

Sorry in advance cause I know I will have more lack of knowledge questions.

No such thing as a stupid ?? when it come's to an XR starting problem's glad everybody helped you out :cry:

good luck with yer new toy :cry:

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Ted is right...full throttle and 10 (not 9) kick throughs with the decomp, then 1 mean kick to start...

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Other thought...remove stock carb, throw in trash. Order pumper carb, install, 2 blips of throttle, kick, ride...smile! :cry:

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I wish I would have found this sight a lot sooner.

I found the choke and that lever.

I put the choke on held the lever gased it kick 3 times let every thing go

kick again and wam that dam thing I been kicking for three days started up.

ammmmmmmmmaazzzing.

thanks for helping me out.

Sorry in advance cause I know I will have more lack of knowledge questions.

Don't pay attention to the search button police, these members mean no harm but all come off sounding like asses when lecturing newbies about the search option. I say ask your questions, most members will help out and love to do so.

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