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Old 04-03-2006, 12:28 AM   #1
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Question KLR 250 kick-starting tips?

My wife is having a hard time kick-starting her KLR 250 (height problem, I think). Does anyone have any tips to make it easier,....other then having me do it every time?
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Old 04-03-2006, 03:05 AM   #2
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My wife is having a hard time kick-starting her KLR 250 (height problem, I think). Does anyone have any tips to make it easier,....other then having me do it every time?
I've seen references to lowering kits for the 250. Maybe search the KLR250 section of KLR650.net or the Yahoo 250 group.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:46 AM   #3
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Does anyone have any tips to make it easier,....other then having me do it every time?
Trade it in on the new E start KLX250?
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:56 AM   #4
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Is it a height thing, or just not enough muscle to give it a good whack? Is it jetted properly? The valves adjusted? My 98 would fire up on a 60 degree day with a limpdick push through a stroke after proper jetting and valve adjustment.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:37 AM   #5
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  • With the kickstand down and sitting on the bike...
  • Kick slowly through the stroke once all the way down.
  • Bring the kickstart back up again.
  • Kick slowly again until the compression stops your downward motion (the kickstart will be about halfway down and the piston will be at around Top Dead Center (TDC)).
  • Pull in the decompression lever if you have one and continue the downward stroke by an inch (or if no decomp lever, go to next step).
  • Bring the kickstart back up again.
  • Kick hard.
  • Repeat.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:31 AM   #6
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KLR 250 is one of the easiest bikes to kickstart, my friend could start his by pushing down on the kick start with his hand (and no he is not a gym gorilla), if she cannot start it get another bike with e-start it is the only solution. Good luck.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:45 AM   #7
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I have seen people that are new to kick starts try to "turn" the kickstarter with their foot instead of just kicking down.
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:07 AM   #8
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First and foremost, the engine must be in good tune. Valves, carb, plug, air filter, etc., should be in good condition.

It takes a bit of practice, then, the easy part. Don't stand up, just kick it from a sitting position. Don't kick it hard (even if you're a kid or girl, that kind of force is not needed: the quickness of the kick is the key, not the power in your leg).

In very cold conditions with cold engine: turn ignition on, full choke, two, maybe three kicks from the top of the compression stroke. If it requires more, tune the engine.

Warm engine (regardless of weather/temperature): no choke, one easier kick. On my 2000, when the engine is warm it takes about 1/2 a kick, that's all.

Hot weather/cold engine: about 1/3 to 1/2 choke, one kick. Maybe two.

WARNING: kicking the lever too hard will result in whacking the top of one's foot on the peg, causing severe pain and outbursts of profane language. Just a snappy, finessed kick is all it takes.

Couldn't be easier, if your technique is good.

Good luck!

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Old 04-03-2006, 11:24 AM   #9
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Once her bike has been running my wife can start her KLR250 easily. After not running for a week, I have to do it. My technique?
Turn on key
One dry kick
Full choke, clutch in, two full blips of the throttle, throttle held closed, kick.
Repeat if necessary.
Repeat if necessary.
Repeat if necessary.


Take the choke off as soon as the bike is running well enough to stay running without it. If you leave the bike running with the choke on, it fouls up the spark plug much like a two-stroke engine. (I know, this sounds stupid with a 4 stroke. It also happens to be true.) If you're having trouble starting the engine, pull the plug and either clean or replace it. Then limit the time the bike is allowed to idle while the choke is on. Lessons from experience. The bike will start easily with a new plug - so just keep it clean.
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Old 04-03-2006, 06:22 PM   #10
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Two blips of the throttle with the engine off does nil on a CV carb.
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:01 PM   #11
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Two blips of the throttle with the engine off does nil on a CV carb.
Fine. You come start my wife's bike.
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:59 PM   #12
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Two blips of the throttle with the engine off does nil on a CV carb.
Correcto. Nil. Blipping the throttle on a CV carb does basically nothing. Maybe introduces a little air to the carb, which is practically useless.

It's the choke, man.
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:08 PM   #13
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First and foremost, the engine must be in good tune. Valves, carb, plug, air filter, etc., should be in good condition.
This, I think is the absolute key. I had problems kickstarting my KLR250 for the first few years I owned it. In fact, I couldn't get it to start without a shot of starter fluid if the temps were below about 60degrees. (with a cold engine) That's a bitch in New England. Oh, and the "choke" (actually a fuel enrichener circuit) didn't do anything.


I had the carb overhauled by a local mech, and lo and behold, she became a first kick starter. No shit, overnight. She's now a one or two kick girl, even at temps in the teens.


Full choke, bring the cylinder around to TDC, and pretty much any half-assed kick will get it running. If your wife has the strength to ride the bike (obviously she does), she should be able to get it running no problem.


Sounds like your bike needs a good carb cleaning (and maybe a new plug).
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:51 PM   #14
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All good replies.
I totally agree about not having to kick it hard.
Just not needed. Its all about technique.

I suggest you start it cold for her until she gets her confidence.
Following the "method" is important.

And obviously adjusted valves are critical to good starting
and a good state of tune.

One thing left out that I believe is important, is that
she should NOT TOUCH the throttle when kicking. If the idle is
set correctly (I set mine a tad high) then the bike will start with
just a gentle prod from TDC. If she madly twists the gas everytime
she kicks, even a little, it will not start.

When she needs a lesson about starting the bike after it has been on its
side, come back and I'll go through it with you. Bit more work but
not too hard.

Good luck. Make sure that air cleaner is clean too and a fresh plug in
there.

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Old 04-04-2006, 08:05 PM   #15
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All good replies.
One thing left out that I believe is important, is that
she should NOT TOUCH the throttle when kicking. If the idle is
set correctly (I set mine a tad high) then the bike will start with
just a gentle prod from TDC. If she madly twists the gas everytime
she kicks, even a little, it will not start.

Good point. You could suggest that she not put her hand to the throttle at all -- perhaps grip the lever or bar instead.
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