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Move a Motorcycle Without Starting It

By Walter F. Kern

Move the Motorcycle

Continue to move the motorcycle by paddling your feet on the ground to place it in its new position.

You may be moving it out of the garage temporarily. When you get to a good spot, stop the bike with the front brake lever, kick the gear shift lever down until the bike goes into first gear, put the side stand down with your left foot, and step off the bike. Turn off the ignition and retract the key.

Later, when you want to put the bike back, repeat this procedure until you get it in its new place in the garage. You may find that the bike is now hard to move back since it must be moved uphill. In this case, get a helper to gently push the bike with you on it until you get to a level surface.

Remember to shut off the ignition, leave the transmission in first gear and get the side stand down.

Finally, make sure you park the bike so you have plenty of room next time to move it should the< need arise again.

If you are adventurous, and want to move the bike using its own power, try my 10-step procedure, "Move a Motorcycle By Starting It and Putting It In Gear."

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Motorcycle Moved Out of Garage
Motorcycle Moved Out of the Garage
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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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