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    Senior Member santa_ana's Avatar
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    A lot of them so called starting problems are fairytails, with the valves spot on and the carbs set up well they are ok. I can start my TTR 600 (ABP carb and head setup) with two hands. But valves are due every 2000km. If your SR is hard to start, two bottom seals do wonders and you wont loose a lot of HP.

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    Hear Hear!

    There are not really that many cold start issues, just the rider and mechanic, thats what my Gramps told me and I believe him to this day.

    My Buddy had an ol'BMW that he complained about all the time. Cold starting Piece of shit was his complaint until I figured out he swapped exhaust without rejetting and tuning. Really! but just to come to find out 98% of all BMW dudes dont rejet and tune when fitting new parts go figure. I think it goes for allot of people. Clean your carbs, balance them once in a while, change out the jets or clean them up real good every year, you will notice that your bike will be running pretty smooth on a regular basis.
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    XT's and SR's will kick back if the ignition timing is too far advanced. It's a fine line.....

    I ride my XT to work every day. It took me a week of experimenting to work out what it needed for a first kick start (cold - 3/4 choke and the high idle button, hot - just the high idle button), and since then it starts first kick every time.

    And once I got the ignition timing right (again through trial and error), it doesn't stall at the lights anymore.

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    Thank you all for your thoughts, I think i'm going to go for it.

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    The real problem is that (as for a lot of bigger ac singels) its no good for every day short distance rides. It needs its temperature. Or it will die fast. Heat is no good either. But if you treat them well a piston will last 60k km. The rest is good for more than 100k km or 60k miles.

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    What about a Honda Ascot? Is it a good motor/bike?

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    The Ascots are great, too. They have a different feel than the SR, though. I'll sell you an Ascot. Too bad you didn't fill out your bio so we know where you live and some stuff about you.

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    I actually just picked up an ascot last night and got it to pop over and run for a second tonight. I will be pulling out the engine tomorrow to look through it. Could any of y'all help me find a kick starter? I've been told the XL 250 and 500 starters will work. Thank you for your help so far.

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