Originally Posted by crankshaft
Just picked up an 07 550 and its really hard to start. It just seems like an awful lot of resistance when running it through the stroke and even the starter sounds like its having a tough time. Its only got 28 hours on it by the way. I've been going through the basics... valves, filter, carb etc etc etc but I'm wondering if my left leg is just weak
Any words of wisdom from the Berg wizard?
You sure your valves are adjusted properly? If they're on the loose side, your auto decomp. won't work correctly resulting in the symtoms you describe.
My 650 has a good bit of resistance on the kicker but it fires off on 2-3 kicks when cold and 1 when hot.
The e-starter spins over with no problem and always starts in a few revolutions cold, and hot, you barely have to touch the button and it's idling.