XR400 - I think it is an offspring of Satan

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ibeme1, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Washpa

    Washpa Adventurer

    Jun 20, 2008
    I had the same struggles recently with a XR250R....Here is what got me going
    1. Replaced the kill switch it was shorting out.
    2. Replaced the jets, +1 size
    3. learned the complex starting process
    Starting process.
    1. pull comp lever, kick slowly 6-8 times
    2. Choke on
    3. Turn up idle screw
    4. Full throttle kick slow twice
    5. find TDC
    6. no thottle
    7. kick
    It went to barely starting in 40-50 kicks to a one kicker!:clap
  2. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

    Sep 9, 2007
    Ventura County CA
    I found at timies it was easiest if I flooded it on purpose. Then with the motor flooded open the throttle WOT. Keep the throttle in this position. Choke OFF. Find TDC, push just slightly passed 1/8 of turn on the kicker. Then kick hard. Should be running by the 2nd kick. Again do not let the throttle loose between kick or you will add more fuel. It seems hard but it really isn't.
  3. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Have battery will travel.

    Feb 7, 2006
    Minnetonka Minnesota
    If it makes you feel better, I own a 85 Yamaha TT600N that can be a bear to starts, sometime first kick sometimes the 100th. It seem there is a direct ratio of number of people watching me to the number of kicks it takes. Just when I think I have found the starting ritual, it stop working and I have to find a new way to start the Antichrist.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    My hundred pound Chocolate Lab that feared nothing was scared to death of the bike, he would want to go in the house anytime I pulled the Antichrist out of the shed.<o:p></o:p>
    My wife name the bike the Antichrist as she said the bike will kill me, either by a heart attack kick starting or it being more bike than I can handle. <o:p></o:p>
  4. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

    Jan 3, 2005
    Riding with my pal Richard Cranium
    I had an old XL350R that was a bear to start. I finally found if sitting for more than a few days it would start a lot easier if I drained the float bowl to allow fresh gas in.:norton

  5. ibeme1

    ibeme1 Adventurer

    Jan 3, 2009
    I...well....am a idiot. As I thought it was operator error (please do not ask what I did wrong). Nonetheless I listed my XR400 and it looks like I already sold it :clap

    I have posted this elsewhere on the forum but since I have your attention here are the bikes I am considering. My primary riding will be on dirt roads and such. My plan is to do some camping with it this year.

    1. XT 250
    2. KLX250S
    3. DRZ400 (S/SM/E if its titled already)

    I need to stay below $3400

    Thanks again y'all!

    Jeff G
  6. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Been here awhile

    Oct 13, 2011
    Wickenburg AZ
    My starting ritual is like this... "Never touch the throttle" Always use full kicks from TDC.

    Really cold start: Advance idle screw 3/4 turn, Choke on four kicks holding the kill switch. then it will usually at least pop's the first kick, second kick it's running. Do Not Touch Throttle, just work the choke till it's running smoothly.

    Cold start, advance idle screw 3/4 turn, kick once or twice with full choke, just work the choke till it's running smoothly.

    Warm start, just TDC and a good kick. one full kick and she's goin...

    Down start, use compression release to clean excess gas by kicking a few time and "rub the rabbits foot" hanging from your bars and hope for the best. It's always a real bitch when on a hillside so it's best to turn downhill and bump it on the way down. :eek1

    In extreme cases if it is going to run it will bump-start.

    I have found that most of the starting problems are human error, of some kind ! However she can be tempermental at times! :evil
  7. ibeme1

    ibeme1 Adventurer

    Jan 3, 2009