How To Push Start A Motorcycle Effectively

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One of the genius ways to start a motorcycle is by using the push starting method if suddenly you find your motorcycle battery dead.

Many riders refer to the process of push starting a motorcycle as pop start or bump start. No matter what name you call it, the process remains the same.

In this guide, we will provide you with 4 genius methods to push starting your motorcycle if you are unable to start your bike normally.

4 Ways To Push Start Your Motorcycle

  1. Find a Hill
  2. Have Somebody to Push Your Motorcycle
  3. Get Another Vehicle to Pull You Along Slowly
  4. Run Alongside the Motorcycle Pushing it Yourself

Find a Hill

Normally, when you hit the starter button, it sends an electrical charge to the engine of your motorcycle that creates the necessary compression to get it started. But if you have faulty connections or a dead battery, then your starter is unable to start your bike normally. Bump starting features are restricted because of faulty spark plugs.

In these situations, you need to create the necessary compression by rolling your motorcycle at around 4 to 6 miles per hour. For this, a hilly area is your best bet. Keep the motorcycle in neutral gear and move the bike with your feet and rear wheel. It helps to prevent bike rolling and accidents.

This is because you can use the slope to your advantage to push start your bike without putting in much effort. And if you are lucky, you might find someone to help you out as well.

In order to successfully push start your bike with the help of a hilly incline you need to switch the ignition on and put the bike to second gear. The next step that you need to do is pull the clutch and push yourself down off the slope.

When you get to the desired speed of 4 to 6 miles per hour, then all you need to do is quickly dump the clutch. Instantly you will see that your motorcycle has got back its start.

Have Somebody to Push Your Motorcycle

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If you can’t find a hill and are unable to push start your motorcycle on your own, then finding somebody to help you is the best way to go.

The helper will need to push your motorcycle from the back while you hold onto the handlebars and hit the starter button. This will create enough compression to start your engine. Keep your motorcycle in the second gear to speed up the spinning real wheel.

Just make sure that you do not end up thrown off the motorcycle because in this method when you dump the clutch, your bike will experience a hard jerk. So, hold on to your handlebars not to be thrown off the front. The kill switch helps to disconnect the fuel pump supply to the starter motor. A fuel injected motorcycle has built-in start pushing features.

Get Another Vehicle to Pull You Along Slowly

If there’s no one around to help you push start your motorcycle, you can always get another vehicle to pull you along slowly.

This process is very simple – all you need to do is find an empty space and position your motorcycle in the middle. Next, get someone to drive the other vehicle slowly and attach a tow rope to it.

Make sure that you warn the driver of the other vehicle not to speed up because if they do, it might yank your motorcycle and cause serious damage.

Lastly, hold onto the handlebars tightly and when you see that the engine has started, let go of the tow rope.

Just remember to attach the tow strap to both the front forks of your motorcycle and not just one. If you attach the strap to just one fork, a sudden pull can disbalance the handlebars of your bike and you could meet with a fatal accident due to this. So, be careful with the attachment.

Run Alongside the Motorcycle Pushing it Yourself

If you can’t find a helper or there’s no hill around, then your last resort is to run down and push your motorcycle alone.

This method is very tiring but it will work as long as you have enough strength to do it. Also, this method is only recommended if the weight of your motorcycle is on the lighter side. If you want to try this method with a heavy cruiser, it will leave you all drained and tired.

In order to successfully start the motorcycle, you need to have it in first gear and the ignition on. The next step is to hold onto the handlebars and start running.

Make sure that you time your run with the person pushing the motorcycle from behind so that they are in sync with you. When you see that the engine has started, stop running and let go of the handlebars.


These are the four different methods that you can use to push start your motorcycle. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you are careful and do not end up getting injured in the process. And if all these methods fail, then don’t worry – there’s always a tow truck waiting to help you out.

Do not try to jump start a dead bike. It can cost you heavily. Go to the nearest mechanic and repair it first. Experts check for the starter button, clutch lever, gear lever, fuel tap petcock, motor tuning, fuel level and other parts for maximum safety. Just make sure that you have the necessary funds to pay for the service!

Now that you know how to push start your motorcycle, what are you waiting for? Get out there and give it a try!

Just be careful and use common sense while performing this task. Remember, your safety is of utmost importance. And if you still can’t get your motorcycle started, don’t hesitate to call a tow truck for help. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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