How To Test The Starter Of Your Motorcycle

Last week, I bought a new motorcycle as a reward after working hard for years. I love riding motorbikes and hearing the wind blowing through my ears. The higher speed I had, the more controlled I feel with my life. I’m sure you share the same feeling with me. However, the problem came when I heard the sound of the engine was quite small and weak. Therefore, I decided to test the starter. Due to various data learned in only a week and a lack of experience, I met quite many troubles.

For example, I could not identify which one is the positive or negative, and I had no idea about how to remove the battery from my motorbike. It took me an entire day to both memorize the theories and work on the process. That is why in this article today, I will share with you how to test a motorcycle starter. It is easy, but there are relatively numerous phases that you will need to remember and practice. So pay attention!

You are going to need some equipments to follow this tutorial:

  • A battery
  • A multi-meter
  • A motorcycle starter
  • Pen and paper

So these are what you are going to do to test your starter

Step 1: Make sure the battery is fully charged

To check the starter, you will need the energy from the motorcycle battery. If you run the starter solely, the multi-meter will have nothing to connect with, and you won’t be able to measure anything.So remove the battery from your vehicle and charge it before doing anything.

Step 2: Disable the engine

This step is critical. When the engine is not disabled, the battery will always make it start for running, and that is not what we want. We only want the igniter to work, give us some of the engine sounds, and make the number on the volt meter to jump.

There are various ways to disable the motor, which depends very much on the type of your motorbike. Each one has a safety instruction so you can look it up while doing this step. Otherwise, running all of your fuel is the best method. In most bikes, you can turn the fuel petcock to the opposite side of the round and run the fuel out of it. You can try if your vehicle is one of them.

Step 3: Set the multi-meter to 20 and turn it on

This is not so hard to understand. A multi-meter does not adjust itself so you will have to set it up to a range that it can measure. And its number will only jump around that range. A motorcycle battery is often made around 20 volts; therefore, it’s best if you can turn your multi-meter to 20 for a correct measurement.

Step 4: Test the battery

The next phase is to see how your battery runs and you will need to record the indicator for subsequent calculations.First, you will need to connect the meter leads directly to your battery. In that way, the multimeter can measure the power of the battery when your engine is cranked. Remember to connect both leads and leave the battery on a flat surface.

It will make the connecting process much easier.Now, it’s time to start cranking the engine. One notification that you need to remember is that it is not recommended to crank it over 15 seconds. The batter may burn down due to excessive power. Therefore, about 4 to 5 seconds would be more appropriate and safer.

While cranking the engine, you have to pay attention to the number that the multimeter indicates. After seeing it, stop the engine and write the number down on paper.

Step 5: Test the starter

And this part is the most crucial one of all the steps. When you have done with the battery, it’s time to detach the leads to connect them with the starter.The positive and negative pole of a starter are a little different from a battery, which means that they should be attached to the right leads from the multimeter.

To save your time, you should notice this issue. And the rule is simple: the positive lead connects to the threaded stud on the starter, and the negative one is to the frame. Then, check the wire carefully to ensure that there are no leaks.Finally, repeat the step of cranking the engine and note the indicator you see on the same paper.

Step 6: Calculate the gap

Now, to discover whether your motorcycle starter actually works, you will have to make a small calculation. If the indicator of the starter is only less than 1 volt different from that of the battery, your motorbike is perfect and does not have any excessive drops voltage.

You can secure about your motorcycle from then.If the difference is any number which exceeds 1, you need to re-check all of the wires and connections of meter leads. When you find where the problem is, let’s get to work instantly.

In case you still find the whole process difficult for you to finish, this video will help you:


How do you feel about my instructions? Are they sufficient for you to test your starter?Whatever your answer is, do feel free to comment down below. And if you have any questions or opinions, just ask me because I would be glad to have a discussion with you.

And remember to check all the wire and connecting points before trying cranking the engine. Otherwise, you will have to repeat the process all over and over again. That is not the focus of this article but to avoid wasting time and feeling tired; you can pay attention carefully to it.

And one more thing is that in my opinion, these pieces of brand new knowledge are worth sharing. So you can share it with your friends, acquaintances, or even on your social media. I’m sure they will love them just like you do.

And regardless, thank you for reading my writing about how to test a motorcycle starter, and I hope to see you in my subsequent ones. Goodbye.


About the Author Leroy Simmons

My name is Leroy L.Simmons. I create this blog as the way to find out my excitement and also a way to remember my father. I always love writing, I embarked on this adventure of the blog, to tell you all that I want to share about my hobby, my dream of auto, truck and journey. At MRVEHICLE.NET, I hope to tell you great stories and especially to answer some questions you might ask. And there are also many interesting and up-to-date stories of drivers on their journey everywhere in the world.

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