My CBR 1000F Won't Start

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When a CBR1000F fails to start, there are several potential causes that should be checked before heading off to a mechanic. Common causes include problems with flipped switches, the battery, fuel issues and cold weather.

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Kill Switch

Check the kill switch on the CBR. This is located on the handlebar, near to the electric start, and is used for emergency stops when the bike has crashed or been dropped. It may have been flipped to the off position by accident, which will prevent the bike starting.


See if any of the lights are on. If nothing's lighting up, the battery's dead or not connected correctly. Clean the connections by rubbing them roughly with your hands to remove any rust and reconnect them on the battery while the ignition is off. Retest when the battery is connected again. If no lights come on, or a voltmeter test measures less than 12.5 volts, the battery needs recharging or replacing.


Check the fuel on/off switch in case it has been switched to the off position by accident. It is located under the gas tank and has a fuel line running from it. Rock the CBR1000F back and forth to listen for the sound of liquid sloshing back and forth. If you don't hear anything, you are out of gas.

Cold Weather

Bikes are sensitive to cold. Try increasing the choke to enrich the fuel mixture. Push the choke lever, located on the handlebar, upward. Remember to replace the choke lever back to the base after the bike starts. If you've tried to start the bike for too long before taking this step, you could have run the battery down.

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