I often flatter myself by assuming that I'm at least half-assed intelligent, though I'm sure that someone here will come along shortly and prove just how wrong I am. I have a '00 600R and it's always been a reliable starter, hot or cold. I recently uncorked my pig (removed snorkel, uncorked the manifold, full exhaust system, and re-jetted) and took it out yesterday for a full mornings worth of riding in SoCal's recently drenched foothills. I must have kicked that thing at least 60 times (approx 3 kicks a minute for twenty minutes) before it lit-off. I started with my usual regimen for a cold engine: Petcock on, unscrew floatbowl drain until fuel dribbles out, close, wait 30 sec. Fully engage choke. Kick through 10x with compression lever depressed. Find TDC and go slightly past then release compression lever. With throttle off, give a John Wayne style kick. (non-***** kick) This yielded nothing but frustration. I repeated one more time, still nothing. I then repeated several times without the 10x priming ritual with no success either. Fearing I had flooded it, I laid it on it's side until fuel dribbled out of the carb and kicked with throttle held open. Nothing still. I tried several variations of choke full, half, and off. Nothing. This went on for at least 15~20 minutes, accompanied by a tirade of name calling insults that would have made a long shoreman blush. Finally, after my bike had been laughing at me enough, it started. I don't even remember what the magic sequence was that got it going, but it started. Here's the jetting and the mornings conditions: Fuel screw 2.5 turns out. 68 pilot. clip on 3rd position (middle) 165 main. Approx. 55 degrees, slight humidity. Approx 1k feet elevation. 91 octane pump gas perfectly clean carb. I figure with a 68 pilot and 2.5 turns out on the fuel screw, it should be plenty rich for starting. Maybe I should omit the 10x kick ritual to prime the combustion chamber? Please offer some suggestions, 'cause I don't want this much of a hassle to get it started. Thanks!