Here’s How to Push Start a Fuel Injected Motorcycle

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It is extremely frustrating to find a motorcycle running low on battery and unable turn over. Ask yourself: Did you turn the lights on? Are you sure that the key was in your ignition? Many thoughts may run through your mind but they won’t bring your motorcycle back.

A lot of riders know they can push start their motorcycles. But what happens if the motorcycle they ride has fuel injection? Is it possible to push start the motorcycle in the same way as a carbureted bike?

How do I push start a fuel-injected motorcycle? To push start a fuel injected motorcycle, you’ll need to first ensure you have enough space ahead of you to push it. Next, shift it into second gear. Then release the clutch. Once the ignition is turned on, turn the switch to the ON position. Continue to push it forward. After releasing the clutch, push the start button.

Remember that before you go to jump start your motorcycle, make sure that your battery is the reason that your motorcycle won’t start. You must ensure that it has gas and that it is functioning properly. You should be cautious if it’s not your battery causing the false start. This could cause serious damage to your starter motor or fuel pump.

How to start a fuel-injected motorcycle

Two scenarios can be used to push start a fuel-injected motorcycle. First, your motorcycle is turned oni.e. The computer is on and the fuel pump makes an audible whirring noise. but it doesn’t turn over or start up.

In this situation you are able to push start your motorcycle just as you’d expect. The second scenario is where both the computers AND the fuel pump are not turning on.. We will outline both of these.

Concerning the first scenario,Find an area with enough space.This will allow you to pick up speed in the future. Second, Place the transmission in second geaR with your clutch in your hands and make sure the clutch is fully loaded. Turn the key to turn on the ignition.

Start moving with your bike on, second gear engaged and clutch lever engaged. It’s helpful to have someone pushing you forward. Once Once you have reached 10 mph, your friend should stop pushing you. Next, release the clutch and press the start button.. To ensure your bike is able to turn several times, hold the handle for several seconds.

You should engage the clutch lever and throttle as soon as your motorcycle starts to turn. After the computer has been running for about a minute, you can turn it off. You can now let go of the throttle, and the bike will sit there in peace.

Testing the condition of the battery is a lesson for another time, but just because you push started your bike doesn’t mean your battery is in good condition, and the bike not starting could be a sign of other battery related issues. So now that the motorcycle is running, take it somewhere that you can test the condition of the battery to ensure you won’t have starting problems next time.

What about the second scenario that I outlined above where the computer doesn’t have enough juice to turn on? For fuel-injected motorcycles to start and run properly, they rely on electronic control. If the computer on a fuel injected bike isn’t able to turn on, and in sequence the fuel pump doesn’t receive sufficient power, you will be unable to push start the motorcycle and will have to look at other methods to start the bike.

You can also jump start the battery or place the battery in a trickle charger. Either way, you can’t push start a fuel injected bike that doesn’t have enough battery power to turn on the computer.

Push Starting a Fuel Injected Motorcycle vs. a Carbureted Motorcycle

As I have just mentioned, a fuel-injected bike can be pushed started almost exactly the same way as a carbureted one. When you begin to examine the problem solving diagnostics for the starter system, you will see that there is a significant difference between these two systems.

I had a 1997 Yamaha Virago with a carburetor when I bought my first motorcycle. When I got to it one day it wouldn’t start, and instead of looking at possible problems with the fueling system, I thought it was a bad battery so I looked at push starting it. After about 5 attempts to push start it I reluctantly concluded that it wasn’t going to start.

After much problem solving, I realized that the problem was with the carburetor. Before you can push start a motorcycle, you need to ensure that your battery is working properly and not your fuel. Fuel injected systems can also experience the same thing, but for different reasons.

After I bought my first bike, I left it unattended for a while. This had led to contaminants in the carburetor causing a no start condition. Fuel injected systems don’t have to worry about a build up of contaminants in the same way a carbureted system does, but fuel pump failure or shorting isn’t an uncommon problem in motorcycles.

You should first test the more obvious systems before moving on to the less accessible areas. To give an example, if you turn the key or flip the start switch and nothing happens and no lights come on, that’s a good sign that there is no power from the battery being distributed to the bike.

On a fuel injected bike, if you flip the engine start switch and don’t hear the fuel pump under the tank whiz or whine, then you might have a problem, especially if other parts of the motorcycle turn on and light up.

You should always try to identify the problem before you fix it. The next step is to determine what caused the battery’s drain.

Sometimes outside temperature fluctuations can cause excessive drain on a battery that’s already old, or maybe a headlight was left on. Although every situation is unique, the procedure to fix and test problems will be the same.

Is it bad for a fuel-injected motorcycle to be pushed started?

If your motorcycle has the battery power to turn on the computer, you shouldn’t worry about any damage being done to it through push starting in consideration that you do it correctly. If you attempt to start your bike without success for too long, problems can arise.

For example, if you are push starting it and it’s not turning over, then you should be careful to not overheat the fuel pump or the starter motor. If you don’t have enough fuel in your tank, or a faulty fuel-pump, then it is possible to send too much current through both systems, possibly burning them out. This could lead to expensive repairs.

No one wants to find themselves in a situation when their motorcycle won’t start, and if we are careful in our riding procedures and meticulous in our maintenance and storing techniques, we shouldn’t ever have a problem, but we all know that it rarely works like that.

To protect ourselves from the elements, we wear helmets and other protective gear. ‘what-if’It is important to learn how push start your motorcycles. Generally, push starting is a simple process, but it should be one that’s fully understood. Always be safe and careful.

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