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I saw in the manual that you shouldn't bump start the Rebel. Is there a legit reason for that or is it just Honda liability worries in case of an accident?
 

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Push or bump starting is contra-indicated for any fuel injected vehicle.

I remember push starting my old Yamaha 250 a lot because the battery was always dead and I was always broke. Those were old carburated days though.
 

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I was thinking more like if the starter wasn't working.
But now I want to try and bump start it with someone's jumper cables attached lol.
 

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I’ve bump started mine, just left the key and ignition on and ran it down a hill. Fired up perfectly fine, didn’t die after that. (Left the hazards on and went for breakfast, you know the rest )
 

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Well, in this instance it wasn’t completely dead, just not enough juice to start. Lights up, hit the start and it would completely die.
 

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I've had to bump start mine...oh a good dozen or so times now. I'd say it's kind of a mix of liability and capability. If there isn't enough power to run the ecm and injectors, you'll probably get nowhere. With mine, however, it's apparently a weak starter (warranty ftw!) and it's been a b**** to deal with. Sometimes it'll start after a couple of chugs, sometimes it just chugs without catching period. The only thing i'm concerned about is having the starter engaged and trying, while in first and dumping the clutch enough to catch and spin the engine. Not sure what kind of damage could occur between the flywheel and the starters teeth.
 

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I've had to bump start mine...oh a good dozen or so times now. I'd say it's kind of a mix of liability and capability. If there isn't enough power to run the ecm and injectors, you'll probably get nowhere. With mine, however, it's apparently a weak starter (warranty ftw!) and it's been a b**** to deal with. Sometimes it'll start after a couple of chugs, sometimes it just chugs without catching period. The only thing i'm concerned about is having the starter engaged and trying, while in first and dumping the clutch enough to catch and spin the engine. Not sure what kind of damage could occur between the flywheel and the starters teeth.
Second gear would probobly be a better bet.
 

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Riders have been doing this since there were motorcycles.
You wont damage your flywheel or starter.
AND its much easier to do it in first gear.

Is your battery good, or have you already gone down that road??
 
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