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This morning I tried to start my motorcycle but the kick-starter failed. It was idle for about a month but it was riding fine before that . My motorcycle doesn't have an electric starter function.

The fuel tank has more than a liter of petrol, last I checked. And, the battery is 3 years old.

With kick-start being the only option , how can I start my motorcycle , so that I can take it to the nearest mechanic for repair ?

I own a BAJAJ CT100, which is a 100cc motorcycle.

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What do you mean when you say "the kick-starter failed"? Did it physically break, or do you mean you simply couldn't start it with the kick starter? – TMN Feb 19 at 13:35
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Could be bad gas, if it's been sitting around for a while. The hydrocarbons clump together and make it hard to burn. Get some octane booster and see if it helps, or remove the fuel and put fresh stuff in. – SnakeDoc Feb 19 at 16:16
    
I meant to say I couldn't start my motorcycle with the kick-starter @TMN – Vijay MaximOff Feb 20 at 1:46
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  • Turn the key in the ignition to 'On'
  • Hold the clutch lever
  • Engage first or second gear
  • Let the motorcycle gain speed (either go downhill or push start)
  • Let go of the clutch lever. The motorcycle should sputter to life
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Probably a good idea to be sitting on the bike when doing this :) – HandyHowie Feb 19 at 13:46
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@HandyHowie and facing forwards :D – Zaid Feb 19 at 13:49
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With a small bike, you don't have to be sitting on it, but yea, it's normally a good idea. If you're feeling adventurous and want to run beside the bike you can pull the clutch back in as you feel the engine start. – JPhi1618 Feb 19 at 14:49
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I don't know about a 100cc bike but I knew a guy who had to bump start his Hornet 600 on a regular basis till he got a new battery, that could be done at a fast walking pace while paddling the bike along. – squigbobble Feb 19 at 17:00
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My 750 Nighthawk I can get going on a small hill in first gear, but my Superhawk is 1000cc and I need a decent hill and second gear for that. 4 tiny cylinders vs 2 huuuge ones... – Cand3r Feb 19 at 19:07

You can use a drill to start most pull start or kick start engines. be sure not to let go. It's not the safest idea but for a temporary use it will get you home

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warning - this can give you a mean kickback. I've removed the crank nut on a small engine doing this. – rpmerf Feb 19 at 17:55
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Or brake a wrist on a serious note not safe – Michael Feb 19 at 18:29
    
@Michael, how does one brake a wrist? – Cand3r Feb 19 at 19:08
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If your not holding the drill right trying to start an engine. It can twist your wrist up pretty good from the torque. – Michael Feb 19 at 19:57

It is very likely a battery issue. Put your battery on a battery tender and trickle charge it back to full.

Edit: Make sure you remove it from your bike first.

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Dead batteries benefit more from a full charge, not a trickle. If they don't take a charge, they're done. – kmarsh Feb 22 at 20:35

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