Thanks for the tip. I will try that. It has to be the worst starting bike I've ever owned. (and mine is piped and jetted) The odd thing is, with the jetting, once it fires up, it runs like it has fuel injection, right from cold. Your tip makes sense, there have been times i have drained the carb, then let it refill, and then it fires up just fine. Too bad, because otherwise, I really like the bike. (Mine is a 2006) It makes me really appreciate the FI on the Ninja 300.