Kickstarting the SR400 is a (mostly) vintage experience made modern and easy with electronic fuel injection. The 399cc single retains the sight glass on the cam that allows you to observe when the engine is in the optimal position for kickstarting. It’s really not necessary to use it, but it is helpful for figuring it out at first. Basically, just kick though to get the piston up against compression, pull the left-bar-mounted decompression lever, and take the piston a bit past TDC. Then give a smooth, swift kick like you mean it, but without violence, and it will start every time, hot or cold, no choke ever required (because there isn’t one). I find satisfaction in kicking a bike to life. Others may not. Particularly if they stall at a light or some other terribly inconvenient place.