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Any XR will start first kick if you’ve jetted it right and you push the kicker and not kick like a 2t.
Starting a big 4t kicker is like making love to a beautiful woman, you can’t rush it. Get everything in order. Stay calm. Put effort in when needed. Job done.

My wife disagrees but my mum said this is totally right.
My old XR400 could be a pig to start especially after an off. I was shown a routine of throttle open, decompressor pulled in 10 kicks then kick as normal if it didn't start in a couple of kicks repeat. A pain but it always started eventually. Apparently a different carb transforms them . Sadly sold it 3 years ago & my kdx 220 at the same time now that was a great trail bike. Kept my XT550 , always easy to start.
 

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I fancy another 2 stroke & I'm thinking about a gasgas ec300 only for trail riding old ones £2k thoughts / advise please
 
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