I've got an 02 yzf250 last summer. It's a straight bitch to start. It takes about 10 minutes of kicking to start it. It's got the auto-decomp. from the 03 models, supposed to make it start easier. It will push-start no problem. Once it's running, it'll kick-start fine. No loss of power or funny noises. I did an oil change and found metal shavings in the oil filter. I don't know much about the mechanics of dirt bikes, does anyone have any ideas on where to start?