I read all these threads about people saying the decompression lever is a PITA. I love mine. As long as I follow the starting routine the decompression lever makes my 400 the easiest bike I own to start. The same resistance everytime I kick it. No kicks starting halfway through a stroke. It also makes it much easier to clean out if I crash and it floods. Pull in the lever, a few EASY kicks, do the routine and it starts. No other 4-stroke that I have ridden starts as consistently as my 400 with the kick starter. Granted the magic button is nice, but I'd rather not deal with all the extra weight. I wish my new 250F had a decompression lever.