Mopeds are fun and eco-friendly ways to get around. Basically, they are motorized bikes that have a motor, but also indicator and bike pedals. Even so, they can be difficult to tear off, especially if they are old or have not been used for a while. To start your moped, flip the kill switch, squeeze the brakes and then press the start button for a conventional start, or the first pedal for a start on the go.
Method 1 of 4: Starting an Electric Moped
Step 1. Turn the key
Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the right until it clicks into place, so that the ignition is activated.
Step 2. Turn the off switch to the on position
Since mopeds produce automatic movement, they have a kill switch to disconnect them quickly. The off switch is a colored button located near the handlebar. Find it and turn it to the on position, which is usually represented as an open circle.
Step 3. Squeeze the brake levers
The brake levers are located on the handlebar of the moped. It is necessary to activate the rear brake with the left lever. Now, it's easier to keep both until you're ready to drive.
The moped will automatically move when you start it, so if you don't have the rear brake on, you'll be thrown forward
Step 4. Press the start button
Continue to hold the levers. Use your thumb to press the start button, which is usually a red button near the right handlebar. When you hear the engine start, you can release the brakes and drive.
Method 2 of 4: Starting an Old Moped
Step 1. Put the key in the lock
Older brands like Puch have more complicated boot processes. First, if the lock has been activated, start unlocking the moped with the safety lock located just below the handlebar. Move the handlebar to the right and put the key inside the lock.
Keep in mind that each different brand may need more or fewer steps to get going
Step 2. Turn the key
First turn the key to the right and push it in. When done, turn the key to the left again until the moped has been unlocked.
Step 3. Turn on the fuel valve
On a Puch Maxi, for example, you will find the fuel valve on the right side of the moped frame. This is a switch that you must turn off when you park. You may see the “on” and “off” signs on the moped, and you will need to pull the lever to the “on” position.
Step 4. Flip the engine switch
Look near the handlebar to find the engine switch. In the Puch Maxi, it is located on the right hand side. Make sure the switch is turned to the "drive" position.
Step 5. Press the choke
This step should only be carried out if the engine is cold from lack of use. Locate the carburetor, which will have a small protruding black bar. It's about the choke, which you have to press and hold. As you do this, look down and find the small primer button on the carburetor, which you will also need to push.
Step 6. Pull the starter lever
Grab the front brake, which is located on the right side of the handlebar, to keep the moped under control. Find the starter lever under the left handlebar and keep the pedals level as you pull on it.
Step 7. Press the pedal
Continue to hold the starter lever when you begin pedaling. The engine should start and you can feel free to drive. If it doesn't start, you'll have to try pedaling to get it started.
Method 3 of 4: Starting the Moped with the Foot Pedal
Step 1. Place the key in the ignition
Kickstart is useful for starting a troubled engine and moving after a stop. Put the key in place and turn it clockwise until it clicks to make sure the ignition has been activated. Do this before you start pedaling so you don't have to struggle with the key.
Step 2. Pedal forward
Pedal like you would a bicycle. Let go of the kickstand and push yourself to gain some speed. Pedaling will be a bit difficult due to the weight of the moped, but continue until the starting process is complete.
Step 3. Press the start button
Find the start button on the moped. It can be a red button near the right handlebar or a lever located on the left handlebar. Instead, some vehicles may also have a kickstarter lever on one of the wheels that you can step on with your left foot. Use it to start the engine.
Since you will already be in motion, don't hit the brakes
Step 4. Activate the throttle
Locate the throttle that will likely be on the right handlebar. Place your palm on the accelerator and then slowly turn it towards you. This will open the throttle as you ride, allowing more air to enter the engine. Keep turning the throttle to increase speed.
Step 5. Release the starter lever
With the engine running, the moped should move without pedaling. Tighten your body because the force of the movement will push you back. Stay straight, with your eyes on the road, while releasing the starter stick or button if you haven't already.
Method 4 of 4: Moving an Impossible to Start Moped
Step 1. Remove the spark plug
To check for ignition spark, look for the spark plug on the engine. Make sure the kill switch near the handlebar of the moped is off before doing so. Try to start the moped and if the engine is running you should see a spark inside. Your finger could come off if you hold it over the hole.
- If the spark plug looks dirty, try a new one.
- If the engine won't start, you may need a new battery.
Step 2. Check the gas
Open the fuel tank. If the gasoline has been stagnant for at least a month, the water will collect at the bottom of the tank. Unscrew the drain screw on the carburetor or open the hose to let the water out. Collect all the gasoline in a container.
Use compressed air to blow debris out of the carburetor
Step 3. Test the choke
If you are sure there is a spark, fuel injection, and air moving around the moped, try pressing the choke. It's the little black bar sticking out of the carburetor. Press it and try to start the engine. If it sounds like it wants to get going, open the throttle, which can be operated by turning the right handlebar towards you, and simultaneously try to start the engine several times.