How to Start a Dirt Bike

By Julia Fuller

Now that summer has arrived, the children can’t wait to operate their dirt bikes and ATVs. They enjoy riding with friends through trails that meander through the woods or showing off their riding skills over jumps and through woops. What could be more frustrating then not being able to start your dirt bike when your friends are waiting for you to ride with them? If your dirt bike won’t start, go through these resources to see if you forget one of the steps. Don’t forget to check the gas tank before you ride as well. You can’t go far on empty, you know. If you are a beginner, then these steps will help you learn how to start a dirt bike.

Step 1

Locate your dirt bikes OFF/ON, RUN/OFF, or START Switch. Use your finger to move the switch to the RUN, ON, or START position.

Step 2

Turn fuel switch ON

Look on the side of your dirt bike near the engine and locate the "FUEL ON/OFF" switch. Use your finger to move the lever to the "ON" position. Your dirt bike will not start if the fuel is turned off. This off switch helps prevent fuel leaks when your dirt bike is stored.

Step 3

Turn choke ON

If your dirt bike engine isn’t warm, you will need to turn the choke on to start the bike. Locate the choke lever near the engine on the side of your dirt bike, probably not far from the "FUEL ON/OFF" switch. Use your finger to move the choke lever to the on position. Once your dirt bike has started and the engine has warmed up, you will need to move the choke lever to the "off" position.

Step 4

Foot on kick start peg

Bend your knee and place your foot on the kick start peg while leaning your weight on your other foot. Stand slightly and push the kick starter all the way down with as much force as you can.

Step 5

Push all the way down

If the bike doesn't start after the first attemp to kick start it, try again. Remember to push the peg as far down as it will go with as much of your weight as possible.

About the Author

Julia Fuller began her professional writing career eight years ago covering special-needs adoption. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Marywood College, is co-owner of GJF Rental Properties as well as a livestock and grain crop farm. She worked for the United States Postal Service and a national income tax service.

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