How to Push Start a Motorcycle


How to Push Start a Motorcycle
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A dead battery is an occurrence just about every motorcycle rider is bound to run into once in their lifetime. Whether the key was left in the bike, lights were left on, or you just have an old battery that has finally seen its last day, knowing how to properly push start a motorcycle is an excellent skill to have.

How to Push Start a Motorcycle with a Dead Battery

The first thing to do before giving your motorcycle a push start, is to make sure it actually needs one. Double check things like the kill switch, gas level, key being in the on position, or even the kickstand being down (on select bikes).

The easiest way to push start a motorcycle is to sit on the bike and have 1-2 people push you. This option is not always available if you get stranded by yourself.

The 2 Person Method

  1. Insert your key and turn the ignition on (make sure the engine kill switch is also on).
  2. Put the bike into second gear, this will help prevent the bike from jerking when it starts.
  3. You will need to get the bike moving to at least 5MPH or 8KMH so pull in the clutch while seated on the bike and have your friends push.
  4. When you’re up to speed, quickly drop the clutch and push the starter.
  5. Once the engine starts pull in the clutch and give it some gas, you want to keep the RPMs up.
  6. You’re done! Take it for a ride so it has time to charge the battery (at-least 30 Minutes).

The Solo Method

  1. Insert your key and turn the ignition on (make sure the engine run switch is also on).
  2. Put the bike into second gear, this will help prevent the bike from jerking when it starts.
  3. You will need to get the bike moving to at least 5MPH or 8KMH so find a hill that you can roll down to gain speed. Push the bike from the left side until you get to a decent jogging speed.
  4. When you’re up to speed, jump on the bike and as soon as your butt hits the seat drop the clutch and push the starter.
  5. Once the engine starts pull in the clutch and give it some gas, you want to keep the RPMs up.
  6. You’re done! Take it for a ride so it has time to charge the battery (at-least 30 Minutes).

Did this help you jump start your bike? Do you have a different method you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

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