What I do, YMMV: 1) Make sure the carb mixture screw is adjusted right! 2) With kick stand down, stand on pegs, stiff leg on kicker, drop your weight on it. 3) Go ride! If you can't rest it on the stand: 1) Push kicker down with bent knee until compression is felt. Quickly extend leg as you climb up on kicker. It may take more than one of these if the first try sucked.