Once owning a kick-start only Yamaha SR500 I can attest to the relative ease in starting the bike by foot. However,there were a few times when the bike stalled at an intersection and didn't want to start quite as easy as it did at home when cold. That was embarrassing.I would get the RE with both (as the new ones have) starters and use the kick-starter as much as possible.
Electric starters can do you injury too, you know. A friend of mine had has a 500 and he says it kicked back on the electric starter once. He showed me a terrible bruise on his thumb.
"and it takes practice finding that sweet spot just past TDC."An aside I know, but any clues as to HOW to find it??
Thanks - I shall study your guide! Does it make a difference that I don't have a de-compressor?