I do that stuff, except number 6. I can feel the sweet spot just kicking through easily. The kicking it through a few times with the decomp lever pulled in is the key, at least for me.
Both my BST equipped 640 and my FCR equipped 620 usually start on the first kick, and I do that sitting on the bike.
My old Yamaha SR500 needs a different ritual.
gaspipe [the original]
Hair of the dog that bit me, Lloyd...