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  1. My 2007 WR250F has been starting with no problems with the electric start. I just ran the bike Saturday and towed the bike from North Carolina to Colorado Sunday and Monday. Today, I went to start the bike and the electric start was not working. I just charged my battery a couple months ago because the battery died. Could it be the change in temperature? I kick started it and after several kicks it started, but when I press the button for the electric start it just never turns on. The fact that it starts rules out a bad spark plug. This is probably as simple as just needing a new battery but I figured I'd ask just to see what other people had to say.
  2. My kickstart on my Yamaha ttr 125 has no resistance and won't grab, it bump starts fine and rides great. Here is a video of my kicking it over, I'm doing it slowly because I don't want to do it fast and cut myself on the peg again when it wont grab
  3. Hi all! New guy here but I've loved learning a ton from this site so far. I've had my 2007 DRZ400S for a while now but it's coming out of a 3 year hiatus of being cooped up and untouched. I've been nursing it back to health and I think I'm about there but I seem to have one last hiccup. I have a lot of experience working on cars and engines but this has kinda been my crash course for small engines so I'm still learning the in's and out's. Quick maintenance write-up going over the last month of what all I've done so far: New battery New spark plug Flush/refilled coolant Oil change K&N Air Filter 3x3 Mod Rejetted carb with JD kit, AND rebuilt with new gaskets, hardware, and float valve/needle I started carb with 25 pilot/155 main/3rd notch on red needle but I could barely keep it running because it would lug down really bad and backfire from exhaust with any throttle (I assumed that meant rich fuel mixture). So I backed the main down to 150 and it runs just fine now. So now the only issue I'm having is that I cannot get it to cold (cold engine, not cold ambient temp) start without giving a quick shot of starter fluid into air intake. Once it starts, it runs, no problems. And if I let it warm up for a couple minutes, I can turn it off and start it back up again without missing a beat. But it just turns and turns when it's cold. But all it takes is just a little starter fluid and it doesn't even hesitate. Other vaguely similar problems I've found on the forum seem to have troubleshooting that points to compression (valve clearance check). Would that problem also not produce similar symptoms even when starting warm? Thanks so much for any help! -JD
  4. Hey everyone so my uncle and I bought a 2003 WR450f converted dual sport bike about a month ago as a project bike. We are having a problem getting it to start on its own. It only starts when we used quick start and then only runs for a couple seconds 1 min at the longest. We have cleaned carb and jets even tried replacing carb we put in a new battery, new spark plug, new ignition coil, new cdi still same problem. I don't know what else to do. If anyone has any ideas we appreciate.
  5. If you found this, you are probably frustrated by difficulties in starting an XR400, I can tell you this, there is no "fool-proof" way of starting this beast of a machine, but, I have had 100% success starting my 2003 XR400 in one or two "hard" kicks for the past 10 years. I will add, for color, that prior to about 2008, I tried many different methods, but most of them were hit and miss at best leaving me frustrated and sitting next to what amounted to a 200 lb anchor. I know you want to get to the solution, and what I'm about to write may just cause greater frustration, but this is absolutely critical to successful, happy, ownership and enjoyment of this torque-monster. First: you have to have the correct jetting of the carburetor. The best way I have found to keep the jetting at the correct values is to call ahead to a Honda Powersports Repair shop in the area I'm going to ride and ask them what they install for XR400 owners in their area. Elevation above sea-level is the key variable here. Asking someone in San Diego what they recommend is useless if you are going to ride at 5000 ft MSL in the Sierras. If you are running too rich or too lean, you will have so many problems with starting, running, and servicing that you will absolutely hate the machine. Second (and Fourth): Successful starting of an XR400 is tightly tied to proper shut-down practices. Over time, I found that leaving gasoline in the float-bowl for even more than a few hours led to problems in starting. When shutting down for more than a few minutes, I suggest you don't just push the kill-switch. Instead, turn the fuel-petcock to "Off" and let the engine run the fuel out of the carburetor bowl until it sputters and dies. Third (the meat): 1. Turn the fuel flow on by turning the fuel-petcock to ON or RES (if you are low on fuel). 2. Put the choke on full (Full-Up) 3. Pull in the compression release lever while turning the engine over with the kick-start pedal SLOWLY, I use 20 (yes TWENTY) slow, comfortable, easy cranks with the compression pulled in. I don't have a good theory of why this is necessary, it has something to do with both the time it takes to fill the carburetor bowl AND with "charging up" the electrical system. Just waiting doesn't do it. Kicking quickly just gets you tired and doesn't seem to take enough time. 4. Release the compression release lever, and turn the engine over until it gets to the compression stroke and gives you that hard-resistance to your easy cranking. 5. You should not have turned the throttle at all, although "pumping it" a couple of times doesn't seem to help or hurt, but it should be all the way closed when you kick it. 6. Now KICK with all you got. I've expanded over the years to 280 lbs, so I just rise up and drop on it. You feather weights will have to lay into it. 7. Nine times out of ten, it just goes "woof" on the first kick. This is probably just poor mix in the chamber due to all of the cranking. 8. Now cycle it around to compression stroke again. Now KICK with all you got again. I usually get start on this kick. You may need to kick again, but if it didn't start on the third, think through what you did. Is the choke full on? did you really turn on the fuel? Check your procedure and try again. Once it fires up, nurse it a little bit until you can get to half choke, then full choke. Fourth. If you are through riding for the session and going to rest for a couple of hours (long enough for the engine to cool down), use the "fuel run-out" method for shutting down. I won't guarantee that this will start your XR400. You may have any number of other things going on, and a trip to the Honda service center may be in order, but following these rules gives me confidence that the engine will start without great effort where ever I may be. One thing is for sure, this is not a "quick-get away" machine. On the other hand, the low RPM torque on this bike has got my fat-butt out of trouble so many times I have lost track, sudden, soft sand, loose dirt on a steep hill, deep water, etc. every time I'm surprised, I keep my feet up and use the throttle and transmission to put me in the power band, and "oomph", I'm up and out of it. I hope this helps you with your XR400. After 15 years and thousands of hours in mountain and desert riding my XR400 I think it is still one of the greatest off road bikes ever made. AND my 2003 is a Green Sticker bike in California so I can ride it year round!
  6. Hey everyone so my uncle and I bought a 2003 WR450f converted dual sport bike about a month ago as a project bike. We are having a problem getting it to start on its own. It only starts when we used quick start and then only runs for a couple seconds 1 min at the longest. We have cleaned carb and jets even tried replacing carb we put in a new battery, new spark plug, new ignition coil, new cdi still same problem. I don't know what else to do. If anyone has any ideas we appreciate.
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