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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:01 pm 
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thanks for all the info guys picked my 1990 dr650 today could,nt start it though i watched the previous owner start it no probs after 2 kicks then it started then i could,nt start it again must check no play in decomp lever cable and new spark plug and new fuel as its stood for 2 yrs


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:28 pm 
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having tried a little bit of everything learn t from above i can now start my new to me 1990 dr YIPPIE
so thanks to every one for your advice


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:06 am 
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Hey guys sorry I haven't checked up, I sold the DR I had for 19yrs to a friend in need so it's back on the rode working as a motorcycle courier bike which is pretty much what all of the 4 total owners all used it for.

32 years on the road as a courier bike and still....um....kicking...no pun intended.

I do agree with the "wait for the decomp snap" method.
That was how I started my old Honda XL600's.
The video method is just what worked reliably for me but you really have to figure out what formula or voodoo dance works for you and your bike every time.

I am glad it helped and relieved hours of exhaustion and frustration (been there :fool: )
And got ya'll in the ballpark.

I had to go back to the new owners house 5 times till he finally figured it out, and also to reassure him that it was indeed HIM and not the bike. Really, it was a "look dude I didn't sell you a piece of crap" thing on my part. He was convinced when his 65 year old neighbor came over and started it right up that "yes indeed it is ME and I better figure it out"!....LOL

Anywho, thanks for the good words....I'm still riding my KLR hard and picked up an old school Airhead BMW GS which has electric and kick start..new kick start new learning curve..but that's what makes it fun right?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:03 am 
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Thanks for the video tractorking, it's turned a frustrating lottery into an easy task. :woohoo:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:37 pm 
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Can usually start my 93 650 in about 5 kicks when it's cold.. and I have no decompression lever cable. So I have to yank on a chain I put on every time I want to kick my bike over lol. Good video.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:03 pm 
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According to the manual:

https://youtu.be/YkAOFQtfReg


Any and all priming kicks and things of the sort are a waste of time and completely unnecessary.


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