Answer: First of all, David, we're sorry to hear that you're having difficulties with your XL. Unfortunately, there is no electric-start kit available for that bike. So it's time to go back through everything involved in making the bike start well, and it's a short list: fuel, compression, valve timing, ignition. If the bike runs well once started, especially if it idles consistently, then your carb is probably fine. Still, it's smart to double-check that the choke is engaging properly and not sticking in the start position. How fresh is your gas? Stale fuel will make starting more difficult. If the bike has good power when running, chances are your compression and valve timing are fine—or close enough.