How to Bypass a Motorcycle Starter: The Ultimate Guide


There are a few ways that you can bypass a motorcycle starter. I will also provide a step-by-step guide on how to do it. So, whether you are trying to start your bike in an emergency or just want to be able to do it yourself, read on for all the information you need.

Be very, very careful when working with the electrical system. The positive and negative battery cables should always be disconnected from their respective terminals before you start making changes to them.

  • Follow the fat wire from the starter back to the starter relay. 
  • You can jump the heavy terminals with a wire, and the starter motor should run. 
  • Be sure it’s neutral as all safety features are bypassed.
  • If the relay isn’t triggered, it’s possibly due to a bad clutch switch or side stand switch. It should click when you press the starter button.

Be very careful when you flip the terminal on this relay because if it is not done correctly, sparks will fly!

Jumping the starter isn’t really “hotwiring”, as it won’t work if you don’t have access to turn it on with your key.

The key is the most important thing when starting your bike, but what if you have no keys? Well, this trick might be able to help diagnose an electrical problem with just one push of a button.

If you have a dead battery and no power to your motorcycle, connecting the cable from its positive terminal directly onto the starter housing can help. 

This will turn on even if solenoid or relay are fired, which may produce sparks, but those shouldn’t hurt anyone since they’re just little electrical shocks!

The high voltage might fry your bike’s electrical in a big way, so it is not the best idea. I would try something else first before using that option.

If it doesn’t work, Put the bike in 3rd gear, then start running. Dump your clutch to get moving as quickly as possible!

Related: Symptoms Of A Bad Motorcycle Stator

Can a starter be bypassed?

In bypass starting, you can touch a wrench or screwdriver to the terminals of your starter motor and solenoid so that it will turn on when needed. 

The engine starts with a spark and snaps of electricity. The starter engages all safety features in the electrical system while also causing hydraulic pressure to rise through your finger so you can turn on lights or pump gas.

When trying to start a motorcycle or other equipment that is already running, it can be dangerous. The person may get pulled down by the drive wheel and crushed or injured seriously. Runaway motorcycles also pose an extreme risk of harming others in their path!

There are a few tricks you can use to avoid bypass-starting your engine when it’s not necessary. If the neutral start switch on your farm motorcycle has stopped working, for example, ensure there isn’t any obstruction between its threads and those of an installed spark plug before trying anything.

Will a motorcycle start without a starter?

With a little bit of gumption and some boots to the rubber, you too can start your motorcycle without having to use a starter.

You need two basic techniques to know how to start your car. One of them, pop starting or push-starting, is going over the starter’s head and getting that engine firing up again with a little help from some tools like pressure oilers which attach right on top so they can be used while driving if necessary.

The two most popular ways to start your bike are with the clutch and gearbox in the second position or using a kickstand. 

Starting on an incline requires both wheels to touch down so that you can push hard enough against gravity while simultaneously turning over engine RPMs.

The pop starting technique is a little more applicable to all bikes, even if you don’t have the centre stand. And it’s generally easier than doing so with our advice! 

Related:Motorcycle Starter Solenoid Clicking: What Does It Mean?

Techniques to Start a Motorcycle With a Bad Starter

Here are two techniques to start a motorcycle with a bad starter.

Pop-Starting Your Bike

To pop your motorcycle, you’ll need to be in 2nd gear or fourth and turn the rear wheel forcefully.

The easiest way is with a little practice when starting from a standstill, as this will also work well for bikes with kick-starters instead of electric start systems!

Position your motorcycle on a clear path

Whether rolling the bike downhill or just running a short distance without any obstacles, it’s important to ensure there is no debris on your route.

Make sure that your ignition is on and your kill switch is off.

For a pop to work, the ignition must be turned on, and there needs to be a spark sent from plugs. The kill switch can’t be in either position if you want your engine’s electrical or fuel systems operating properly!

Put it in 2nd gear and hold the clutch in

Second gear is the ideal way to get a bike rolling from an upright position. If you don’t hold down on your foot, it’ll be stuck in second and not moving anywhere!

Now build up at least 5 mph speed.

The easier way to ride your bike downhill is by rolling, but if you find yourself on flat ground with no hills available, it’s time for some push!

Finally, pop the clutch by releasing the lever quickly.

The engine starts with powerful shudders that you’ll feel right away.

Jim Harmer

I am Jim Harmer and I am in love with the outdoors. I share all the information I know on all activities I like doing in my home in this website. You are welcome to read and reach out for more information.

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