Hello everyone here at Thumpertalk! Recently I've acquired a 2000 model Yamaha WR400F and I'm having a hell of a time working out the proper way to start it using the kickstart and manual decompression. This is probably due to the fact that I've only ridden a few bikes and they've all had autodecomp or electric start. Anyway back on topic. I understand the proper use of the hot and cold start switches, but am having a hell of a time, and a painful one at that trying to start the damn bike. Of course I've managed to start it, and on the odd occassion when I do it properly I have no problems starting it at all, but I'd like to know how to do it properly so I no longer have to put up with the odd gunshot like backfire or bone crunching blow to my knee; which I'll add is caused by the kickstart kicking back on me which you've probably figured out. What I'm asking for is a detailed guide on how to start my bike properly, including how to find the TDC of the engine so I can finally start my bike gracefully and smooth. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers! Edit: I've just realised I put this in the wrong sub-forum. Could a moderator move this to the WR400~ forum.