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Move a Motorcycle Without Starting It

By Walter F. Kern

How Do I Move a Motorcycle?

This feature gives descriptions and pictures of the steps required to move a motorcycle. I'm not talking about shipping a motorcycle. I'm talking about simple moving of a motorcycle over a short distance. An example, shown here, is where the rider of a bike has parked it in the garage amidst considerable adjoining boxes, crates, ladders, and other accumulated stuff that might be contained in a garage. Let's say the rider is out of town or even serving in the armed forces and the spouse needs to move the motorcycle to complete a repair to the house. The rider cannot be reached. The job must be done. What is the spouse to do?

This article gives you a 10-step procedure to move a motorcycle without the need to start it.

Some owners lock their machines with padlocks to the wheels.

Some even attach them with chains to anchor points. If you can't disable these locks, consult a locksmith before continuing.

Remember at all times that a motorcycle is a machine that responds quickly to human commands made by the hands or the feet. You should learn basic operations slowly and safely. These are best left to the experts as they teach you in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses. Steps given here are done at your own risk. There is always the chance that the motorcycle will fall over or you will not be able to control it.

So, let's follow through the steps to move this motorcycle.

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  1. How Do I Move a Motorcycle?
  2. Locate the Gear Shift Lever
  3. Get On the Motorcycle
  4. Turn ON the Ignition
  5. Depress the Clutch Lever
  6. Shift Into Neutral
  7. Check the Neutral Indicator Light
  8. Release the Side Stand
  9. Grasp Right Hand Grip and Front Hand Brake Lever
  10. Move the Motorcycle

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