Sometimes you can just give the side of the float bowl a good rap with the plastic handle of a screwdriver, and it might dislodge the little piece of grit that is stuck there.
+1 and another way that often sorts it is to ride with the fuel tap switched off and quickly switch it back on when the engine starts to falter - the sudden incoming rush of fuel passing a more open than usual float needle usually does the job B.W.
So, are we okay, or what?
Great report! I'm glad that everything is starting to gel for you, you deserve it. Best of luck and keep keeping us informed. Also, a video walkaround would be cool.
I'm also getting more sprag chatter at the bottom of unsuccessful kick strokes than before & I HATE that noise. Somewhere down the line it's ALL coming out! I HATE that friggin' sound.
Sometimes if you do a "priming kick" prior to turning the key on, that can help with starting.
2-1/4 turns out is within the acceptable range. It can accept up to 3 turns out.The starting behavior is all in the pilot and the air bleed screw.Sometimes if you do a "priming kick" prior to turning the key on, that can help with starting.
Read my last paragraph again, Ace. That's exactly what I HAVE been doing. That's what it seems to want with the #30 pilot & 2 1/4 turns out.
Tooseevee - Next time try your priming kicks with the choke on to help get some fuel in the cylinder. And I hate to say it but if your bike seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place for the needle jets, you might need to stay with the larger needle jet and drop the needle itself one notch. Scottie J