I live in the south. Lafayette, LA to be exact. My bike would take 15/20 kicks easily to start. Shit was driving me up the wall. Finally, I think I have it figured out hopefully. Read below for my procedure on starting. 1.) DO NOT PULL OUT IDLE KNOB!!! 2.) Kick it 3/4 times & bike will run briefley & kill out. 3.) Now pull out Idle knob. Bike will fire up!!! Crazy isn't it!!! Now I have done it @ 90+ degree days & today 10-28-2008 the temp. was around 40 degrees here in Lafayette, LA. I hope this works for you guy's. These bikes aren't cheap. HONDA if you guy's read this,..... I hope you will investigate.