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Old 12-21-2007, 09:43 AM   #1
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Push starting for a differant reason

Was sitting in traffic the other day when I noticed the temp gauge was creeping higher and higher, so I did all that I could to get the temps down and when I got the chance, pulled over and turned the bike off.

Maybe that was my mistake, I dont know, but after that the fan came on and after waiting about an hour wouldnt start. A tow home later and a good long sit with several attempts and all I get is the sound of the starter cranking when I hit the button, no start.

So the question is, when I am in a parking lot and dont have a lot of room to move, how fast do I need to be going to attempt a push start, and how crazy am I to try it in this situation?

This comming from a guy who has never even attempted a push start before.
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if someone helps pushing you then maybe at medium pace and if your in second gear
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:52 AM   #3
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What is medium pace in a parking lot and if I try this and engine is locked up Im looking at a pretty mean grab right?
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:56 AM   #4
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i don't think a mean grab you could prob. do it in third gear
just have someone push as fast as they can
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:56 AM   #5
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I'd say a little faster than walking pace should be sufficient if you have a good dry surface....I walk along side the bike while pushing, steady up my pace to a jog and then jump on the bike quickly dumping it into first and then letting go of the clutch so it will grab....really not that hard to do....just be ready to grab that clutch handle after it turns over.

and yes, I've heard people say to do it in second, but I have always done it in forst with no reprocussions.
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When I had to pushstart my 929 (almost daily), I'd put it in 2nd gear and get running as fast as I could with the bike with the clutch held in, then hop on, sit as far back as I could (to put more weight on the rear tire), pop the clutch, and give it gas. Usually took a couplea tries, but it usually worked.


On the other hand, if your bike overheated and now it won't start, you might have popped a headgasket or something - if you aren't getting any compression, the bike won't start regardless of whether you're push starting it or not. If it's turning over with the starter like you said, but still not starting, chances are push starting it isn't going to do any good.
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Thanks for the opinions and info guys, Im a little unsure of what to think as it never made any indication of running poorly or a gasket going out or anything, no smoke, never ran rough, never stalled, no radiator fluid comming out, nothing. Im praying that its something fairly simple that just got fried, but again that might mean it still wont push start.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:27 AM   #8
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take your seat off and try to jump start it with a car battery (with the car off).
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A tow home later and a good long sit with several attempts and all I get is the sound of the starter cranking when I hit the button, no start.
Push starting will only help if you can not get the bike to crank over. It will not help with your situation right now. Sounds like yours is cranking fine, but just not starting.
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