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

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Intro: 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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    36 Discussions

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    Adel1234

    19 days 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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    hflormanAdel1234

    Reply 19 days 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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    Adel1234hflorman

    Reply 18 days ago

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

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    CalebK28

    2 months 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

    Question 2 months 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

    Question 2 months 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

    Question 3 months 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

    Question 6 months 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.

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    CodyA31

    Question 7 months ago on Introduction

    I just got an 04 crf100f and it was parked because the chain popped off going up hill in 1st and it rolled back and was stuck in 1st. I cleaned the gas tank, fuel switch, and carburetor. It defiantly has spark and the choke is on why won't it fire off?

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    RobertJ205

    10 months ago

    I just bought a yz250 for a project. Rebuilt the top end put brand ne carb and spark plug. It get a lil spark but not a lot. It just wont crank i even tried to roll down hill. She want to crank but just wouldnt crank

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    nicoa28RobertJ205

    Reply 9 months ago

    What colour is the spark? Must be a nice blue spark. Is the air filter clean? I'm guessing you need a new coil

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    m4xrusso

    1 year ago

    Hi

    I tune up my kid Dirt B. more than a year ago, we used for a
    month and leave it untouched for a year. We are in Florida and we need it NOW
    to use it after #hurricaneirma, I change the gas and fill it with new gas. Check everything
    I check like when I had my Honda XL125S 30 years ago. But nothing works… any advice?
    Hurricane is coming

    Thanks

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    HunterD29m4xrusso

    Reply 11 months ago

    1. check and clean/replace the fuel valve Filter or replace the fuel valve all together (repair cost $10), in my case i had let the bikes sit for 2 years with the fuel valve turned ON and the dried up ethanol created blockage that couldn't be cleaned.

    2. Replace the air box filter and make sure its cleaned out real nice, a new freshly oiled air filter will make sure your carburetor doesn't suffocate (repair cost $20).

    3a. Try to get the engine going using the methods in this article. If it starts up fine but still struggles to keep running, buy some seafoam engine cleaner ($10) and create a 50% gas 50% cleaner mixture and inject it directly into the carb. Let it run on that for an hour, then directly inject 100% cleaner until the carb dies out, let it sit overnight. The next step is to connect the gas line back to the carb and run the bike until all the cleaner is pushed out of the exhaust. This is the method i used to get all 3 of my families bikes going after letting them sit for 2-3 years.

    3b. If the engine does not start after steps 1 & 2, buy a new carburetor. (Repair cost $80-$120)

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    JohnH664

    2 years ago

    look i have a 2003 honda cr85 that wont start I've changed a Magneto change the spark plug to the carburetor rebuild kit and check the reeds I know it needs a new stator I push started it once and got it to crank up but after that it won't do nothing but bog out trys tp start but wont it doesn't seem to be getting gas it had a little bit of nasty milky water in the head I checked the head-to-head seems fun and it seems like it has good compression but I can't get it to crank up even if I push start it again I don't know what to do please help

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    JohnH664JohnH664

    Reply 2 years ago

    I've even checked the kill switch the one time it started it took off on me but the throttle wouldn't give it gas or slow down it just took off as fast as I can go and I had to hit the kill switch I really don't know what to do i mean the head and the piston looks fine it's got compression I clean the exhaust pipe and change the oil too

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    JonH129

    1 year ago

    my bike started up and i let it run for a minute and when i went to leave it staled, ive checked the plug and my magneto and it still wont start, if you think you know the issue text me at 810-341-2351 thanks

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    hflormanJonH129

    Reply 1 year ago

    You might wanna try turning UP the idle

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    Wywon1

    1 year ago

    I tried all of these things, still won't start it wants to start but it doesn't I have a 1990 kx80 text me to help me out 720-618-5970

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    JohnH664

    2 years ago

    if u can think of anything text me 5042566965