I just bought a 1997 XLT SP, and am going to pick it up this Sat. I rode it once last year and it was unbelievabley hard to start after sitting from the previous week. It would flood out and you'd have to change the plugs to get it started...took like 15-20 min to get it going. Once its warmed up it starts fine. It started easier the next morning but you had to stay on top of it to keep it running untill it was warmed up. My buddy says its just cold blooded, but I can't believe its that bad! When I get it, I'm gong to clean the carbs and make sure the choke cables etc are sliding correctly. If anyone has any other advice on what else to check I'd appreciate it. Thanks.