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1998 Yamaha Yz250 Top End/Kickstart Question?

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I just picked up a 1998 Yamaha Yz250 and the bike starts up 3rd kick when cold. The owner said he replaced the top end before he stored it a few years ago. The bike is tuff to kick in sneakers and I can hardly hand pump the kickstart all the way down, but when I kick the bike over in riding boots it seems pretty easy, could this be because I am used to driving and kicking my 2005 Rm250 in sneakers? What are the signs of a bad top end?

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loss of power ( you will know if you ride all the time ) and 98% of the time, the PO are full of crap, enless they have recipts. I would kick start my 250 in my shoes and it would put a hole in them, so i would say its a little harder to start in shoes, in riding boots, its going to be easy apparently. Make sure your jetting is spot on and clean, reeds are still good. Take a compression test

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Alright, would a automotive compression test work, because thats all I have down at my shop? Yea the bike is pretty rough on my feet when I kick it over in my sneakers more then twice LOL

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I just picked up a 1998 Yamaha Yz250 and the bike starts up 3rd kick when cold. The owner said he replaced the top end before he stored it a few years ago. The bike is tuff to kick in sneakers and I can hardly hand pump the kickstart all the way down, but when I kick the bike over in riding boots it seems pretty easy, could this be because I am used to driving and kicking my 2005 Rm250 in sneakers? What are the signs of a bad top end?

signs of a bad top end can be - being able to easily kick start a bike in tennis shoes.

Sounds like the YZ has all its compression while the RMs do not, so they are easier to kick start in tennis shoes.

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Oh ok, yeah like I said before I can kick it in my skateboarding sneakers which are thick but thats only when the bike is hot and even then I can hardly kick it all the way

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