Kick-starting a motorcycle is a fairly simple task but it is easy to mess up if you have no idea what you are doing. Different motorcycles start in different ways, some have keys that start them, some have button push start and some have kick start or a combination of starting options.
It is important to know how to kick start a motorcycle so that you aren’t left stranded and so that you don’t cause damage to your motor. Improperly starting your motor by causing it to constantly turn over, or starting your motor when it is already started can cause serious damage to your starter especially if it is done on a regular basis.
If you have never had a motorcycle of your own it is a good idea to get familiar with the components of the motorcycle and what they are all called.
If you do not know what the components are all called it is going to be rather difficult for you to be able to start up your motorcycle. Starting up a motorcycle requires you to use multiple components on your bike in sequence and if you have no idea what you are doing then this can be a real challenge.
Once you familiarize yourself with your bike; or you have ridden other bikes before and know all of the components you then need to make sure that your bike has been properly filled up with gas, that the oil was changed when it was supposed to and that you aren’t low on any other fluids. At this point in time you should be ready to proceed to starting up your bike.
It is important to constantly check your bike fluids so that you don’t miss something such as a leak. A leak in one of your fluids can actually cause your engine to fail and may even result in you having to buy yourself a brand new bike. Set a schedule for yourself or just get into the habit of checking these on a regular basis so that you don’t run into any unnecessary problems.
Kick-starting a motor is a fairly simple task, but if you have someone around you who has done it before it is always a good idea to get some help. If you and the people around you have no idea what you are doing it is never a bad idea to watch a video on how to kick-start a motor.
Generally speaking all motorcycles will kick-start the same and once you learn how to kick-start one motorcycle you shouldn’t have a problem starting up any motorcycle.
When you are using a kick starter make sure that you keep either one of your feet planted on the ground or make sure that the bike stays in a well-balanced position. If you don’t do this you could have your bike fall over on you potentially causing serious damage to your bike and even potentially to yourself.
The first step is to locate your gear box. Once you do this you need to find the neutral position on the bike and slide it into that position. At this point in time you need to locate the clutch and press it in.
Make sure to press the clutch in all the way otherwise it isn’t good for your engine and it might not start your bike. The next thing you need to do is locate a device on your motorcycle called the petcock.
If you are unsure as to the location of this device; look it up in your owner’s manual, it should be easy to spot. The next crucial step is to pull the choke at so that you can get the gas flowing in the right direction. At this point in time you are ready to use the kick starter.
In order to use the kick starter first you need to pull it out as generally they will be pushed inwards. The next step is to push the kick starter down quickly until the bike starts up.
At this point in time you are going to press the gas pedal or the throttle and rev the bike up a bit. You can then push the choke back where it belongs and rev it a couple more times until your bike is at the idling stage.
It is important to note that some motorcycles have something called a hot start. In order to use a hot start you simply have to press the hot start at the same time as kicking the kick start until the bike starts up. That is literally the only difference between these two starting methods.
Always be careful with your kick starter and make sure that you aren’t putting too much force into it when you are pushing it down. Kicking it or pushing it too hard could result in a broken kick starter and then can be costly to repair depending on the make and model of your bike.
Always remember that after you start your motorcycle you are going to need to switch it out of neutral in order to drive it around. If you do not switch the motorcycle out of neutral it is just going to rev up the engine and you aren’t going to move anywhere.
Always be careful and make sure you are in the right gear before you try and start your bike. If you are unsure of where each of the pedals are located, or where the kick starter is located it should be easy to find in the owner’s manual for the bike.
If you are still experiencing starting problems you may have a problem with your starter itself and you may have to take your bike to a local mechanic in order to get your problem solved professionally.
The best thing about a kick start is that you don’t have to worry about losing keys and it is easy to learn as long as you are willing to do a bit of research about your bike and maybe watch a video or two.