How to Start a Motorcycle? 7 Steps

While some people are fortunate enough to have all the necessary skills to start a motorcycle, some are not lucky. Never worry! The following are steps on how to start a motorcycle.

1. Verify That Everything Is Ready

Ensure that the motorcycle is in good working condition and has all your protective gear. Check the fuel capacity. If the fuel is low, remove the fuel cap located at the top of your fuel tank and fill it two-thirds full with gasoline.

2. Sit Upright On Your Motorcycle.

Ensure that your feet are flat on the ground. Before kick-starting your motorcycle, make sure your weight is distributed evenly across both tires. If you can’t do this, get off and put more weight onto the tire with the footpeg.

3. Turn the Ignition Switch On

Face forward towards the handlebars of your bike. Turn on the ignition switch and decompress the clutch lever by pulling it back as far as it will go. This will allow you to shift gears without using your hands.

4. Push Down On The Starter Button.

Push the starter button through the handlebars. You will hear the engine roaring, ready to start in few seconds.

5. Engage the First Gear

Once the bike has started, engage the first gear by pulling up the shift lever with your left foot. Let go of the clutch lever smoothly. The motorcycle will start moving forward slowly as you gradually accelerate.

6. Release the Throttle

When you reach a moderate speed, release the throttle so that your motorcycle comes to a lulled pace called trail braking. This will help keep both wheels from sliding out from under you if you decide to take a turn or lean into one during riding.

7. Start Accelerating

Depending on how much experience you have. Get a feel for the acceleration rate of your motorcycle by gradually pulling back on the throttle and watching how fast your speed increases.


If you follow these steps carefully, you will be able to start a motorcycle on your first try and avoid all issues that might come up along the way.

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