Motorcycle Questions? Ask a Mechanic.
Welcome,I would suggest trying not to so much kick it but take a slower moremeasured approach. Put the choke on and kick it slowly a fewtimes. Take the choke off. Put some weight on the kick leveruntil it feels solid. Take your hand completely off the throttle.Kick it steady and make a full stroke to the bottom beforeyou lift your foot again. It does not help to kick over and overquickly, just doesn't work. You may not need the chokeagain right away but if it does not fire, do another kickwith the choke on and then off again.If it does not start in a few kicks then it might need the carbcleaned as they can be finicky. Low speed jets couldbe clogged up.Also the valve clearance should be checked to makesure no valves are tight and leaking compression.Bigger singles are always a little tough to master.After owning it awhile you will be more familiarwith it's particular likes and dislikes while starting.All the bikes of this era were somewhat sensitiveto having the throttle closed until they fired up.Always use some fresh fuel in case it's been sitting awhile.------