Originally Posted by Olas Altas
Question about the decompressor cables:
Are they really necessary? My buddy has a newer XR400 that had all this stuff removed and it seems to be doing fine. If his 400 can be kickedstarted without issue even without the decompression cables i'm assuming the 250 should be fine.
Just wondering if I need to take care of anything else if I leave the cables off...
I have owned my 1987 XR250R for 15 years. It has never had any of the decompression cables attached. I have never needed them. Bike starts like a charm, but there is a method to it...I discovered late..
BTW, I just rode the bike today, its plated, and i rode the 12 miles to the trails/logging roads. I have to tell you, everytime I ride this old beast, I smile..it just gets the job done. I am feeling some of its limitations (bottoming out after nice air) but it still is a great old bike. Good Luck with yours. Don't even worry about putting the decompression cables on. Save the time and money for some other farkles..like bar risers.