Roll starting 426 using compression release

On my last ride a guy riding a XR400 showed me how to use the compression release to roll start my 426 when on a decline of some sorts. Basically, you pull the compression and clutch levers in at the same time and with the bike in gear and rolling forward (doesn't have to be very fast) release the clutch lever slightly ahead of the compression lever... being very quick to fully release the compression lever once the engine turns over. After one try, I was a believer and have gotten very good at it. However, I'm having second thoughts about this new found solution for a short legged rider. Something this easy seems problem prong. Anyone with experience using this technique? Am I just asking for trouble?


Yes, I managed to figure this one out all by myself when I first bought my 426 because I couldn't start the damn thing (operator error) and so resorted to a big hill. But I soon discovered that bump starting didn't work unless you used the release, otherwise the motor don't budge and the tire just drags.

I splurged for the GYT-R (hi-perf. product line from Yamaha) thumb actuated compression release and it makes the technique you describe even easier. When play riding I'll often pick high spots to stop and rest so I don't have to kick.

But you don't have to hold the release in, I just thumb it lightly to get things spinning initially, then I build some speed and drop the clutch. Holding the release in at higher rpms (running or not) is probably bad.

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