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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'm old and starting the Suzuki when it is hot and your exhausted sucks. Especially when you have to get the kick starter to top dead center to get it started and you have short legs like me. It is a known issue and each of the last two years, Suzuki has mentioned changes to the new model to make it start easier (changes to the bike not my legs). So the question is, do I buy a KTM with electric start or do I install a Rekluse clutch and minimize the chance of stalling? Outside of the starting, I like the Suzuki.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 06:50 PM
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For me the answer is a ktm 2t.

If you look at the starter hard enough, it starts. With a reckluse.

My next bike will be estart 2t with a rekluse.

I may be getting older, but I'm not getting dumber.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 09:22 PM
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I had the same dilemma. I chose a $400 recluse over a $7500 ktm. My bike was otherwise set up how I like it with all the add ons that I wanted. I'd be close to $8000 to set up a new bike. Ktm's are awesome and e start would be nice to have but not worth the purchase price for me just to get it.

Now when I'm ready for a new bike...... different story.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 09:57 PM
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I bought a used 200 in the middle of my glorious 2012 points chase and raced it the way it was.

Brought on by blowing a ten minute lead in a HS kicking my beloved blue turd. I still have my 250f, and it sees little action as it sits with studded tires year round.

It starts much better now, Gus pointed out that the air intake boot was junk.


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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 02:25 AM
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I've wanted one of those orange 200's with e-start for awhile now.

as for 4 strokes, Honda crf250x has electric start. They are a good motorcycle once sorted. I've had mine for a bunch of years now. For someone with my (lack of) skill level it is nice to just push the button when you are having problems just standing up on a hill much less getting in a position to get the bike started.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 08:57 AM
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my 2010 KX250F can be kicked with gym shoes, I've only had one incident with hard starting. My '04 Yammie started pretty easily too but boots were required.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 12:37 PM
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I'm selling my 2013 KTM xc250 with e-start.....NOT!! I told Brilama, I'd wait for him - cold motor start and we
d switch bikes the 2nd moto.. But with the Monsoon...

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 12:40 PM
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my 06 KX250f is the easiest 4 st bike to start
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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I'm leaning towards the Rekluse. The initial start isn't bad. It is when the bike is hot and your already tired that it sucks.
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I had a yz250f would start fine but once you dumped it over on its side it would take a bunch of kicking especially if you were on a hill then it would wait 2 kicks before it thought you were about to puke then fire up.

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If you're still happy with the rmz other than the hot starting, it sounds like the rekluse would be the way to go. If you're ready for a change, a used orange bike with e-start would be the way I'd go if I was in your situation, preferably with 2 strokes.

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For someone with my (lack of) skill level it is nice to just push the button when you are having problems just standing up on a hill much less getting in a position to get the bike started.
What do you do when there's no one around to pick your bike up for you?

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 05:42 PM
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my 06 KX250f is the easiest 4 st bike to start
My old '07 KX 250 that Brian actually bought was VERY easy to kick over as well

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 10:00 AM
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I have never been happier with my electric start on my Aprilia. The RXV is going to be a blast once its together. I do not miss kicking over my YZ450's.
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