How To Start a Motorcycle
By Walter F. Kern
To start a motorcycle is a simple operation. Starting a motorcycle is not the same for all motorcycles but all variations of starting are covered here.
Here's How to Start a Motorcycle:
- Get on the motorcycle.
- Insert the key in the ignition of the motorcycle.
- Locate and turn ON the fuel petcock. Some motorcycles don't have a need for this step.
- Pull the choke all the way out unless the motorcycle has been running previously.
- Turn the key in the ignition to the ON position.
- Make sure the kill switch of the motorcycle is set to RUN.
- Make sure the motorcycle gear shifter is in neutral.
- Squeeze the motorcycle clutch lever with your left hand all the way to the grip.
- Press the start button with your right thumb.
- Let the starter motor turn over until the engine fires before you release the start button.
- The motorcycle engine should be running at a fast idle.
- Over a period of a few minutes, gradually push the choke in as the motorcycle engine warms up.
- You have started the motorcycle and are ready to go!
- If the motorcycle engine fires and then immediately stalls, just press the start button again until it fires a second (or third) time.
- If engine does not start, recheck the kill switch and the fuel petcock.
- Modern motorcycles will stall if you attempt to put the bike in gear while the sidestand is down.
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