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Old 01-13-2006, 12:24 PM   #1
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how to push start a bike.

i have done it a few times on my first bike, but that was a long time ago. for some reason i was thinking about those days (my VFR had horrible problems) and with goldenboys SV having a charging issue, i thought this would be a good topic. maybe some newbies will read it, and it save them alot of hassle in an emergency.

alot of newbies may not even know you can do it. for those that dont know, if your bike's battery runs dead, and you cant start it, and cant find a jump, sometimes you can push start your bike. here is a little step by step i found.

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Find a hill or a few friends.

Turn the ignition and gas on and make sure the KILL switch is in the run position.

Pull in the clutch and put the bike in second gear.

Ride the bike down the hill or have your friends push you.

When you reach a reasonable speed, release the clutch quickly. The bike should start. Apply some throttle and maintain control of the bike.

DONT LET THE BIKE'S ENGINE DIE TILL YOU GET WHERE YOU NEED TO GO! or else you will be up creek again.
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i will add that if your doing this solo, its a . it will wear your out in a hurry, it gets harder each time you fail, and it takes some skill to get going and pull it off. ive seen some people run along side the bike to get it going and then hop on...i just sat on the bike and used my feet to get her going, lol. this is something i almost feel they should teach in MSF, except there is no way most MSF students could maintain enough control. but it really is something everyone should know how to do, and if youve never done it, its worth finding a good hill and practicing it.

ive also heard it helps if right before you release the clutch you stand off the pegs, and then slam your rear onto the seat as you release the clutch, this is supposed to help get more traction to the rear wheel and start the bike.

anyone have $0.02 or a "fun" story on the subject?

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Old 01-13-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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and to add, if your on a loose surface, w/ a "pusher" stand up on the pegs, when you let out the clutch also drop down on the seat, to try and get the rear wheel traction.
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It's also key that you do it in SECOND gear, as opposed to first so you'll have more help fighting the engine compression - especially on a ricer.
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:17 PM   #4
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I onced pushed start a bike in first and it wheelied away from me :eh:
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↑↑↑ LOL... THAT would be aother reason
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Old 01-13-2006, 04:59 PM   #6
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I've had to do it in third gear on a RC-51. I generally stand alongside the bike to pushstart it.

Note this gets really tiring wearing full leathers in 100 degree heat with no shade and blacktop all around you. Especially if you have just come off track and want to go back out for another session-I recommend asking for a push at that point.
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word...and make SURE that the bike is on, kill switch is on, fuel is on and its in 2nd...clutch in until you drop it....

your freinds will not appreciate having to push you a second time cause you forgot something...lol.
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ive done it to a old 4 wheeler awhile back
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Old 01-13-2006, 05:56 PM   #9
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i use to push start in 1st all the time with no problem. i Just dont give it full throttle. noobs should do in 2nd though.
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:11 PM   #10
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u can prob do too anything that has a manual tranny.
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u can prob do too anything that has a manual tranny.
I can't do it to my V-Rod because the fuel-pump needs to be charged. Can't happen with a dead battery.

Also - many cars nowadays have switches which forces one to disengage the clutch in order to start the car. I have that bypassed on my Jeep.
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good topic.
I've been lucky enough not to have to do it yet, but it's good to know how just incase.
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good topic.
I've been lucky enough not to have to do it yet, but it's good to know how just incase.
the first time is kinda weird becasue you are pushing a bike and trying to hop on it, but trying not to tip over and fall.
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the first time i ever stalled it at a light... the battery was ... and i had to push start the R1 on flat land without getting off the bike because i was in heavy traffic.. luckily my mom was falling me somewhere so she was the one behind me... i bought a battery minutes later didnt want to do that again...
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Make sure you have the bike turned on and the engine kill swith to the on. Then use 2nd gear.
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