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How to Push Start a Motorcycle – Easy Bump or Jump Steps

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Starting a motorcycle’s engine is not an easy task. You may have to jump-start it, but if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, you can always push-start it.

Push starting a motorcycle will be your best option if you’re stuck with a dead battery. If you don’t, you’ll have to take the bike to the nearest shop. What should you do if you are miles away from the nearest town?

So, how do you push start a motorcycle?

First here is a quick list of what you need to check if your motorcycle won’t start

  • Check the battery, air filter, and ignition system

Check your battery to ensure it’s not weak or damaged or the terminal is poorly connected. You’ll want to check the air filter as well, and if you have a keyed ignition system, it might be necessary to replace the ignition switch.

  • Check the kill switch on the ignition.

If your motorcycle doesn’t start, make sure you set the kill switch to “stop” position.

  • Make sure the gasoline tank is full.

If your bike doesn’t start, you should check the fuel level. If the fuel tank is low, you might want to top it up. Do you have a faulty fuel gauge? You can pop the fuel cap open to check the amount of fuel in the tank.

  • Examine the fuel petcock.

For non-EFI/fuel injected bikes – make sure you set the fuel tap petcock to OFF.

  • Make sure the kickstand isn’t engaged.

If you’re riding your motorcycle and the kickstand is down, make sure to raise the kickstand before starting the bike. That way, you won’t have any problems.

  • Check to see whether you’re in neutral.

Make sure your gear is set in neutral before you start riding.

Once you’ve checked everything mentioned above, is it time to push-start your motorcycle? Not quite. 

Step 1: Find the perfect spot

You need to find someone who will push your bike for you. Otherwise, the best place to push start a motorcycle is on a gentle slope. Gravity will do most of the work.

If you’re on a relatively flat road, you can still start your engine by pushing the bike. You need to push the bike at a reasonable speed before jumping on it and releasing the clutch.

Step 2: Engage 2nd or 3rd gear

If you want to go faster on your motorcycle, you need to use 2nd or 3rd gear. Never use 1st gear when pushing your bike because the gear ratios are not suited, and you run the risk of locking up your back tire.

If you’ve ever driven a car, you know how hard it is to get the engine to turn over when it’s cold. That’s the same with your motorcycle. It will be difficult to get started, but you’d be out of the situation in no time once you do. 

Step 3: Press the clutch & get the bike rolling

If you want to move your motorcycle, you must engage either 2nd or 3rd gear, press the clutch, and get the engine running. You’ll need to move your bike in a straight line, so make sure that you’re comfortable with the motorcycle before moving it.

Start from the top of the hill and descend. Hold the clutch and tell your friends to start pushing. Release the clutch when your motorcycle is traveling at a reasonable pace. That’s about the same as a jog.

Step 4: Release the clutch

Once you start the engine, let it run until the starter motor begins to spin. If the starter motor doesn’t start, you may need to increase your speed and repeat Steps 2 to 4.

It may take a couple of tries to get the engine started, but once you do, it’s smooth sailing.

Step 5: Put the Bike in Neutral

Now that the engine is running put your gear in neutral. Apply the brakes and let the battery charge. It’ll take a few minutes, but to let it charge faster, rev the engine. 

You must keep the engine running after you push to start the motorcycle. If the engine is cold, warm it up by staying on top of the throttle. Don’t pin it, but rev it to the low-mid range of its RPM. The goal here is to get the bike self-sustained and no longer at risk of dying.

Step 6: Ride!

You will need to warm up the engine, check everything out, and make sure it is in good working order before you can ride it. Ensure your tires are properly filled and that your bike is in working condition.

How to Jump-Start a Motorcycle With a Car

Warning: Because of the amperage difference between a car battery and a motorcycle battery, jump-starting a bike with a car is not advisable. You run the risk of damaging the bike’s electrical system or the battery itself. Doing this can void the battery warranty. 

However, if this is the only option available, the process is here. 

1. Make sure that both the motorcycle and the car are off before you attempt to start them.

2. Connect the Jumper Cables as You Normally Would

When the car is on, and the ignition is turned off, turn the key to the start position and place the red handle of the positive clip on the positive terminal.

When you put the positive clip on the positive terminal of the good battery, it should make a good sound.

The positive clip (red handles) should be attached to the positive terminal of the good battery.

If you want to attach the negative clip to a bare metal surface on the motorcycle, do it this way.

3. Try Starting Your Motorcycle

If you want to ride your bike without draining your car’s battery, don’t crank your motorcycle while the vehicle is running.

If the motor is working correctly, it should crank right away. If it doesn’t, take it to your local auto parts store or mechanic.

If it doesn’t work, try again in a few seconds. If that doesn’t work, your battery might be dead, or the issue might not be the battery.

Portable Jump Starters

A portable jump-starting battery pack is something I think everyone should have on their bike. It’s ideal for lengthy journeys, vacations to rural locations, and even at home.

The fastest and easiest way to get back on the road is to use a battery pack. You don’t have to depend on anyone else, and you won’t risk injuring yourself by trying to push start your bike.

Charge your jump starter 24 hours before use. It should be placed on a flat surface, such as the hood of your car, to avoid damaging it.

1. Turn off both your motorcycle and the jump starter.

2. Connect the cables that came with it.

A jump starter kit usually comes with various jumper cables. However, the most common is the familiar clips on traditional jumper cables.

Connect the red clip to the positive terminal.

The battery terminals are easy to reach, but if they’re hard to get to, try connecting them to the terminals on the chassis (where the battery connects to the bike).

 2. Turn the Jump Starter Pack On

When using a jump starter, set it to the correct battery voltage. For example, if your battery is 12 volts, it should be set to 12 volts.

3. Try Starting Your Motorcycle

Jumpstarters are portable power sources that allow you to jump-start your motorcycle or car. By design, it delivers short bursts of maximum power, so cranking for a long time will likely burn out the battery inside the jump starter.

When the bike starts, remove the negative clip first, then the positive clip.

Your car battery will not hold a charge if it is old or has been in storage for a long time. If your alternator cannot charge your battery, either the battery needs replacement, or your alternator is defective.

4. Disconnect the jumper cable. 

When removing the cable, always start with the negative clip. Then, it’s a good idea to ride around for 15 minutes at high speeds. This step isn’t necessary if you’re replacing the battery.

 5. Recharge the Jump Starter

Cracking uses the power in your battery pack, so make sure to charge it after and be ready for the next emergency. It’s a good idea to charge it after each use. 


It’s a good idea to carry a few items with you while you’re on a motorcycle ride, and a good jump starter is one of them. A good jump starter is essential to keep on your motorcycle at all times; this means you won’t have to depend on anyone else to get you back on the road. You’ll be able to get a jump start in a pinch, even if your battery is dead.

A good jump starter is also a must-have for long rides, trips to remote areas, and even at home.

It’s a good idea to carry a few items with you while you’re on a motorcycle ride, and a good jump starter is one of them.

A good jump starter is essential to keep on your motorcycle at all times.