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We’ve all seen the classic bobsledder approach to starting a motorcycle. Have you ever wondered how to do this or if it’s bad for the motorcycle? We live in an age where motorcycles are fuel-injected and electric start. But not too long ago, bikes were only kick-started, and early motorcycles were push start.
Is it wrong to start a motorbike? If you push start your motorcycle correctly, the transmission and clutch should not be damaged if they are in good condition. However, it is not the best way to start a bike. If possible, you should address any underlying issues.
Push starting a bike is simple and we shouldn’t be afraid of doing it as long as we know what we’re doing. In this article we will look at why this isn’t damaging to the bike, and we will also look at how it works and how we do it.
Why It Isn’t Harmful To The Transmission Or Clutch
Like I said earlier, push starting a bike isn’t ideal. It takes a bit of work, sometimes more than one person, but it won’t out right damage the transmission and the clutch. This being said, just because push starting won’t wear out the clutch or break the transmission, when we notice starting issues with the bike that are related to the battery, we should fix the problem as soon as possible.
I’ll explain later, but when we start the bike, we want to start in second gear because by doing so, we are limiting the drive train shock that is felt on the bike when compared to first gear. The transmission can be damaged by drive train shock. This could happen from shifting the transmission incorrectly or from a clutch not fully disengaging gears.
It is called gear clash when the gears in a transmission grind. Gear clash can be extremely damaging to the transmission, but gear clash WON’T occur during a push-starting event. Push starting will place the transmission in neutral and then it will get started. ‘tossed’ To second gear Doing this may put strain on the gears of the transmission, but with most healthy transmissions, this won’t cause anything bad to happen.
The clutch is the same. Is it possible to wear the clutch while starting a motorcycle? Because of the small amount of wear, the clutch wear is almost negligible.
It will be harder to push a motorcycle start if the clutch is slipping or wearing out. A healthy clutch is essential for a bike to be pushed to the start. It will allow the transmission to engage long enough to allow the engine to turn.
How does it work?
Push-starting works with motorcycles and cars equipped with a manual transmission and an engine driven alternator. If you have a scooter that has a CVT or a car with an automatic transmission, push-starting isn’t an option.
It is almost the same as a car, except that it can be used on a motorcycle. If you’ve verified that the battery is the problem with the bike, then you need a way to turn the engine over in order to have the alternator start to charge the battery. If we look at the engine, it has what’s called a crankshaft, and it’s the crankshaft that both drives the alternator, and also has an input shaft to the transmission.
The normal flow of power occurs when the pistons move, then rotate the crankshaft. The alternator runs the crankshaft. Finally, the transmission transmits power from the transmission to the chain, sprocket and rear wheels. You push start a bike by doing it in reverse..
The bike’s wheels are the first to move. It sends power from the wheel to its chain and transmission. Although the transmission will be in neutral it will still be in the correct gear ratio. In this case it is second. The clutch should be engaged when the transmission is in neutral. ‘dropped’ The transmission transmits power quickly through the crankshaft. It then turns the alternator and moves pistons.
How to properly start a motorcycle
A minimum of one person should be with you to push the motorcycle forward.. If you’re by yourself, this process is made much easier when you are going down an incline. Before you begin pushing, ensure your bike is in second.. This is what I said earlier. Second gear will reduce the shock to the transmission when it is in gear.
After selecting the second gear, clutch the clutch to move your bike forward. You might want to get your friends involved by pushing the bike downhill. Push or ride the motorcycle until you’re going around 10 miles an hour.
You want to sit around 10 mph because any less than that won’t be fast enough to engage second gear. The bike will stop immediately after you release the clutch. You will have plenty of time to start the engine if you go faster than 10 mph.
When you reach at least 10 mph quickly release the clutch. It’s important to have your friends stop pushing right before you release the clutch. Release the clutch quickly to ensure enough torque to the crank to move the pistons..
Release the clutch while simultaneously pressing the start button. When the clutch is released, the engine will begin cranking, so you want to push the start button to have the engine start while it’s cranking. Once the engine starts turning over, put the clutch back in the clutch and rev it up.
Don’t rev it all the way, but maybe hold it around 2000 to make sure that the battery will hold. The battery might take a while to charge off of the alternator, so don’t turn it off. Before you turn it on again, make sure that it has had enough time to charge and idle.
Remember that charging a battery won’t fix a worn-out battery. Batteries can only be jump started or push started a couple of times before it’s time to replace. You should either be able to jump start or push the bike to the point where it can be repaired. For more information on how to start a motorcycle, see our other article.
Here are Some Things You Should Avoid When Starting A Motorcycle
Misdiagnosing a battery is the biggest mistake in push-starting a bike. Online, you can find many examples of people pushing the bike to start it when they run out of gas.
Even more interesting was a post by a man who ran out of fuel and died trying to push the bike start when he didn’t have enough gas. Make sure to verify that the problem is not fuel- or spark-related.
You should also be cautious when pushing the bike. You shouldn’t do it inside an intersection, you should do it in a place that gives you enough room on the road to push it and jump on it.
Sometimes, you may feel a little off balance from the push.so be prepared for that so you don’t fall over once it starts up. Last but not least, make sure your friends pushing you don’t have their hands on the bike when you release it. The shock can cause pain in their wrists and arms if it kicks up.
Always be safe and follow the correct steps when pushing a bike.