I'm having trouble accepting my "auto-decompression". I come from riding Honda XL and XR600s, both of which have manual decompression levers on the handlebars. I'm sure I could rig one of these too, but I don't know if my automatic one is even actuating at all. See, when I kick it over, I get lots of resistance. I push against the kickstarter as hard as I can for 5-10 seconds before it reaches that sweet spot where I can kick with all my might and start it. If I am lucky, the hard compression spot will be towards the bottom of the kickstarter's throw so I have more leverage. I've tried to look at the lever on the head to see if I can see it moving, and I don't THINK I do, but it's hard to do while kicking the engine over. The P.O. broke and replaced one of these cables I can tell looking at the parts stash that came with the bike. One last thing I'll tell you I did: adjust the auto decompression cable using the adjuster barrel to make it tighter with the engine running until I heard a ticking and then backed it off until the ticking went away. I haven't had a proper tuning session with my 1987 German 2KF, just replaced the dash lightbulbs, perfected front turn signal wiring, and oil change/air up tires/ rear flat repair/ chain lube/ chain tension adjustment.