hi all, nice informative forum may i add. OK my question, my xr is a nightmare to start from cold, i have to bump start it then once it has started it will kick start quite easy. the thing is when i crank the kick start to find the compression stroke i literally have to get the kick start leaver to engage at about 9 o'clock, it don't seem to engage at the top. for quarter of a turn there is nothing so it seems that i am only getting one stroke of the piston from 9 o'clock to 6 o'clock. is this right for a 1988 thumper or should it engage and let me kick it right from the 12 o'clock position. like i find the compression stroke then let the kick start up where it clicks but as i say it don't seem to want to engage until the 9 o'clock position. but as i say once it is started it will fire up every time with just one stroke of the firing cycle. the p,o told me that a friend was kicking his bike over when the old kickstart snapped on a cick back sending his friend of the bike could this have sheered some teeth of the cog ? i am at a loss here.