Originally Posted by XRsteve
The procedure in the owner's manual says to hold the compression release lever and kick it over several times when cold. I've found that the 250s are harder to start cold than a lot of other bikes. And it helps a lot if you turn off the gas and let the carb run dry when putting it away. The only other advice I have for starting it is to kick hard. I don't bother using the compression release and finding top dead center.
Thanks for the advice, pretty much what I've been doing. I miss how easy my DRZ400K was to kickstart.