Moto! Welcome back!!!
(I hate when folks stop posting. Always think it is some horror story from the "MBs in the news" thread)
Just yesterday looked up an old thread by eDj http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=2020
and was wondering where ya been. He is MIA too!
Just what I do and to answer your question, I clean the plug head, turn the engine over gently a few turns then hit it hard until she turns over. Works unless some thing else is wrong and kinda think cleaning the plug up is over kill but I always do it.