7 Things to Do When Your Dirt Bike Won't Start

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Introduction: 7 Things to Do When Your Dirt Bike Won't Start

Sometimes when your dirt bike does not get used, it won't start.

Here are some ways to start a "mad motor."

Step 1: Follow These Steps to Get Your "Mad Motor" Running

1. Make sure the gas line is ON.

2. Make sure you have gas in the dirt bike.

3. Make sure the spark plug boot is pushed in.

4. Make sure you have spark. To test for spark, take the spark plug out from the head, but not out of the boot. Put it against some metal on the bike and turn it over while kicking the kick start (or if you have an electric start, use that). You should see spark. If you see no spark, then put a new spark plug in. Make sure to put the right size spark plug in and do not over-tighten the spark plug.

5. Use choke.

6. If the motor has not run in a long time (i.e. more than 1 year), you should put new gas in it.

7. Once you have done all of these steps and it still won't start, then clean the carbs.

8. Clean the air filter.

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    47 Discussions

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    korben_ridesgood34
    korben_ridesgood34

    8 months ago

    my kick start has no feel to it it just goes straight down and my bike wont start

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    Joey E
    Joey E

    Reply 6 months ago

    Sounds like it doesn't have any compression

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    rottnjeep
    rottnjeep

    5 years ago

    Good ideas for just about any small engine that people sometimes forget about

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    calvin76calvin
    calvin76calvin

    Reply 7 months ago

    I have a 60 pitster 2019 got it Jan 2020 ..my son barley rides it and he hasn't ride it on the dirt yet ..just around the trailer park ..it has new fuel .new spark plug. We clean carb and gas tank . It start for just a few sec then it won't try to start again ..I don't know it my warranty cover that ..I went to take it in last two months ago the guy told me he'll look at it and said it needed a oil change ..I took it in because it was making noise and he said it was ok but it needed oil change ..so I got it change thinking it wasn't much ..so when I pick it up I cost me $110 just for oil change and labor fee..so I don't want to take it to him if the problem just simply ..oil change yes I could've done my self ..I learn my lesson ..so it's my first time owe a dirt bike and it's for my son first bike ..I just need help so it won't cost me ..I'm learning as I go

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    drpdub69
    drpdub69

    Question 7 months ago on Step 1

    ive done all these things it just wont turn over

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    dinatallitammy69
    dinatallitammy69

    Question 7 months ago on Introduction

    Recently bought a used 2016 125 cc Apollo pit bike for my son. It will not start. Has spark has compression put starting fluid in plug hole it jumps but won't start. Fuel goes threw to carb dk what to do next yrs mess w choke also no diff.help someone plz

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    Joebuford89
    Joebuford89

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Hi I have a Honda XR100R 1996 and my engine has a spark and it has clean gas but it will not start I don't know what is wrong with it but sometimes it sounds like it wants to start but it doesn't

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    UdoD
    UdoD

    Question 1 year ago

    I have a 2004 KTM 200 exc It just had a rebuilt ,new piston and rings ,new sleeve ,new conrod kit and balanced crank with big end and smal end bearings ,I received the bike back yesterday and everything was perfect I rode a goed 40 min before a storm burst out and I had to park it the next day I struggled to get it to start and when it eventually started it ran about 20 seconds before bogging out on me and cutting ou ,HELP

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    hflorman
    hflorman

    Reply 1 year ago

    Oh did u not let it break in?

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    sterling755
    sterling755

    Question 1 year ago

    hi my bike suddenly cut while i was raving it and has not been able to start since then, the crank feels loose and it wont even work with the electric start. please help.

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    hflorman
    hflorman

    Reply 1 year ago

    U probably blew it up lol

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    wantedb4o
    wantedb4o

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Hey mine start up on choke then shut off)help and carburetor brand new

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    Adel1234
    Adel1234

    2 years ago on Introduction

    Hi I have a Yz250f 2012 and I just swapped the the stock muffler with a yoshimura muffler and i started it with choke on and it was quiet then turned off and won’t start

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    hflorman
    hflorman

    Reply 2 years ago

    Intresting.....have you checked for something in the muffler that could be blocking the airflow and shutting off your bike?

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    Adel1234
    Adel1234

    Reply 2 years ago

    I revved it a bit when it started now it starts fine

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    CalebK28
    CalebK28

    2 years ago on Introduction

    My bike was running when I left to go to the beach but when I got home it wouldnt start I have spark and I cleaned the car it’ll kick over for just a second but won’t fully come on it has a brand new spark plug in it what should I do?

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    Bentrods15
    Bentrods15

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, i am new to dirt bikes and i wrecked mine a month ago and haven't be able to start it sense, i have checked the spark and the compression looked over the alternator as far as i can see i haven't found anything my clutch has also stoped working i took the bike to two guys that work on different things nether of them figured it out now I'm asking for your guys and gals help< thank you in advance. the bike is a yamaha RT 180 I'm thinking the year is a 95

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    Nick1785
    Nick1785

    Question 2 years ago

    Hello I have rm85 2007 the bike will jump start and stay running for days and after uts jump started it will kick first time because it’s warmed up but I can’t get it to kick after not riding for a week and the motor is cooled down does anyone have an idea why it won’t kick I have tried cleaning the air filter spark and everything but the carb but I don’t think it is the carb bc it’s stays running

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    DonnieJ6
    DonnieJ6

    Question 2 years ago

    I have a taotao db14 110cc dirt bike. Bought it brand new in Feb of this year. It always started on first kick or second,my son was riding it last week and all of sudden it started acting like it was running out of gas and died. Ever since then I can't get it to start.. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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    Compton02
    Compton02

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    I have a Baja 70cc dirt bike that I bought, it's been sitting for around 6-8 years and I've changed spark plug, oil, gas, and clean the carburetor. The bike starts but then cuts. I don't know what's wrong and need I help.