I just got in from riding my 87 Warrior and yes I used the pull start. Seams the battery died over the winter and I have not yet replaced it. On the right side of the cylinder head, near the exaust outlet, there is a lever you flip upward. This manual compression release keeps the exhuast valve open partialy during the compression stoke. If the engine does not start the lever resets and you have to flip it again for each following pull. Without a compression release head, you would never be able to pull start it.