I have trouble starting my Zeal. I'm in central Queensland, and this can happen midmorning, so I don't think it should be too cold I haven't figured out the magical technique by trial and error yet... I try different things (including promising sacrifices to ancient gods), and then eventually one time when I press the starter button, it will roar to life. I always get it eventually, and after I've started it once it's good for the rest of the day, so maybe the cold does have something to do with it... Is it always easier to start an engine with full choke? Or can a half choke or no choke work better? Sometimes it'll catch, the revs will go up briefly, then fall and stall (over just a couple of seconds). If, during this brief life, I try to open the throttle even the slightest bit in a futile attempt to keep the revs high, that only seems to kill the revs instantly. Sometimes I hold the throttle open a bit before I press the starter, and hold it open as it catches. If it works, the revs shoot up above idle, but inexorably start to fall (with the throttle held constant). To counter this, I progressively open the throttle further, just to keep revs steady above stalling. After a little while the revs start to climb instead of fall - as they should - and I know it's safe to ease the throttle off and let it idle. Any thoughts? I'm also concerned about draining the battery with so many attempts to start it. How long is a decent ride to keep the battery charged? Thanks in advance for any advice!