What to Do When Your Motorcycle Won’t Start?

What to Do When Your Motorcycle Won’t Start?

Despite the difference between being a new or old rider, we all have had an experience that starting a bike sometimes becomes hard. On the other hand, the motorcycle is, apparently, a simple creature, but sometimes, it becomes difficult for us to find out the thing that keeps it out of danger. As a mechanic, there are so many areas that we have experienced, and through these experiences and education, things can be easy for us and others. This experience allows us to troubleshoot the problems in any motorcycle with ease. 

You often think about what to do when your motorcycle won’t  start. At this time, all the tries to light up the engine go in vain. There is a list of things that can be a cause of this matter. In this article, we will cover all the possible causes that can be reasons for not starting a motorcycle. So let us start exploring things and make them easy to understand.

Things To Do When Your Bike Won’t Start:

Multiple things can be the cause of not starting a motorcycle. Whether we talk about dead battery issues or discuss the matter of dirty corporate, there is a list of things due to which your engine is not starting. In this section, we will discuss them in detail and try to learn how to fix these issues. 

1st Reason- Dead Battery

One of the simplest and often issue that you can face when your motorcycle is not getting started is a dead battery. At that time, it doesn't matter how hard you try to start the engine; everything goes in vain.  In addition, if your motorcycle battery is dead, you will not hear a single sound from it when you start it. That is the main symptom of troubleshooting your battery is dead. 

How to Fix if Your Battery Gets Dead?

It is a common practice that when you don’t use the battery for a long time, it loses its capacitance. That is an obvious thing to face after a long time. On the other hand, when we talk about how to fix this issue, here are the steps to follow so that you can fix this problem and start riding your bike!

  • First, get a multimeter and turn the DC voltage to 20 volts.  
  • Secondly, put two separate leads to the battery’s poles and check the readings on the multimeter.
  • If you see negative readings, you must readjust the vires. After that, there will be two cases. The first one is that the reading on the multimeter will be below 12 volts. If this is the case, charge your battery and then try to start the motorcycle. In the second case, you will find that the reading will be far below level. At that time, you need to know that your battery is dead and replace it with a new one. 
  • At last, if you still face such kind of issue, then make sure to add a battery tender that will keep your battery charged. 

2nd Reason- Dusty Carburetor

Sometimes, you turn on your bike, and it starts to miss the acceleration. You can face this issue for many reasons, but the main one is a dusty carburetor. Over time, engine deposits and dirt particles can stick to the carburetor and affect its performance. In addition, small jets in the carburetor are highly affected as dirt sticks into it and slower the fuel passage. The precaution for it is using a fuel filter on your motorcycle. Let us discuss how you can fix this issue with your bike.

How to Fix It?

When we come to fix this issue, deep and thorough cleaning of the carburetor is the only way. To do so, you need to apart it from the carburetor. While doing so, make sure to label each part of the carburetor so that you don't get confused about the time of reassembling it. On the other hand, the best way to clean a motorcycle carburetor is to dip it into the ultrasonic cleaner. Do this action two to three times for the best results. 

3rd Reason- Too Cold

In winter, it is a common practice that when you start your bike, it won’t start due to too much cold. At that time, the motorcycle sounds like it's getting the spark but not turning on. The reason for this is in the cold season, gasoline doesn't fully evaporate in cold weather, and that's why combustion slows down. Due to this reason, your engine oil viscosity also gets high and eventually affects the starting of your motorcycle.

How to Fix this Issue?

Well, when we discuss the solution to this problem, there is only one: park your motorcycle in the garage or under the shade. If you still face such an issue, then make sure to place a heater under the engine. It will not warm up your bike’s engine as it should but enable it to get started. So, make sure to use this approach. It works. 

4th Reason- Rusty Spark Plug

The spark plug in a bike is like a human body's heart. When you have a bad or rusty spark plug due to the burning fuel in the engine, it can cause dysfunction in your motorcycle. To troubleshoot this issue, start your bike’s engine. It will start but didn’t turn on.

How to Fix it? 

Fortunately, fixing a spark pug issue is easy-peasy. You just need to buy a new one and replace it to make your motorcycle alive again. This will make your motorcycle energized and ready to unleash the roads on the go. 


The above discussion show what to do when your motorcycle doesn’t start. Many other possibilities can be the reason, as mentioned above. Whatever the cause of your motorcycle malfunctioning, check the above reasons. You can also learn how to fix these issues easily from this discussion. So, use this information and make your motorcycle good to go.