How to start a motorcycle
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- Activate key switch and make sure the kill switch (usually on right handlebar) is in the run position.
- Reach down and find the petcock, also called a fuel shutoff and turn it to the ON position (some also have a prime, which is good for starting a bike that has been sitting). Some bikes have automatic petcocks so this step is not necessary.
- Activate the motorcycle's choke.
- Make sure the kill switch of the motorcycle is set to RUN.
- Make sure the motorcycle gear shifter is in neutral.
- Squeeze the motorcycle clutch lever with your left hand all the way to the grip.
- Press the start button with your right thumb.
- Let the starter motor turn over until the engine fires before you release the start button.
- The motorcycle engine should be running at a fast idle.
- Over a period of a few minutes, gradually push the choke in as the motorcycle engine warms up.
- You have started the motorcycle and are ready to go!
- If the motorcycle engine fires and then immediately stalls, just press the start button again until it fires a second (or third) time.
- If engine does not start, recheck the kill switch and the fuel petcock.
- Modern motorcycles will stall if you attempt to put the bike in gear while the sidestand is down.