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Move a Motorcycle Without Starting It

By Walter F. Kern

Get On the Motorcycle

The motorcycle will most likely be resting on its side stand on the left hand side of the bike. Get on the motorcycle from the most convenient side. Most riders get on from the left side.

If the motorcycle is on a center stand, you may have to get on the bike, grasp both handlebar grips and forcibly rock the bike forward to remove it from the center stand. The bike may come down abruptly and you may have to be ready to stop the bike using the front brake lever on the right handlebar grip. Once the bike is down, you'll need to balance the bike while using your left foot to bring the side stand down and onto the floor. Once the side stand is firmly down, you can then lean the bike over to the left to rest on the side stand.

You may want to do the following steps with the side stand up so long as you straddle the bike and keep both feet firmly on the ground and the bike level, as shown in the picture, below.

Otherwise, leave the bike on the side stand until Step 8.

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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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